General Electric Receives Volunteer Star Safety Award

Friday, May 29, 2009 | 10:28 am

Company Achieves STAR Status for the First Time

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner James Neeley announced that General Electric in Morristown was chosen to receive the Volunteer STAR (Safety Through Accountability and Recognition) award.
"General Electric has met the evaluation standards required to receive this award by proving their ability to uphold an excellent safety record," said Bob Henningsen, Deputy Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development, who presented the Volunteer STAR award to the company today at the company’s facility located at 5320 East Morris Boulevard in Morristown. “It is evident that General Electric is extremely dedicated to maintaining a safe and healthy workplace.”
The Volunteer STAR award is the state’s highest honor for workplace safety and health and a nationally recognized program. The Volunteer STAR is patterned after the OSHA Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) and recognizes the best of the best in the area of safety and health programming and performance.
General Electric in Morristown employs 279 people and is a manufacturer of non-current carrying wiring devices. The facility produces load centers and safety switches for both commercial and residential purposes.
For the three-year period 2006-2008, the site’s safety record is as follows:
Three-year Total Case Incidence Rate (TCIR) is 5.23
31% below the current Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) industry average
Three-year Days Away from Work and Restricted Activity and/or Transfer Incidence Rate (DART) rate is 3.03
37% below the current BLS industry averages
A certificate of recognition is awarded to the STAR recipient, as is a flag that can be flown at the site. The company is also permitted to use the Volunteer STAR logo on its correspondence and company documents.
The standard for participation in the STAR program is the confirmation of a company’s safety and health program, which helps reduce accidents and injuries. The program also allows employers to be removed from programmed compliance inspection lists for a period of three years.
For more information on the Volunteer STAR award program and other TOSHA award programs contact TOSHA’s Consultative Services office at (800) 325-9901.
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