DTR Tennessee, Inc. - Midway Receives the Commissioner's Award and Volunteer Star Safety Award

Thursday, August 20, 2009 | 01:02 pm

Company Receives Both Awards for the First Time

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner James Neeley announced that DTR Tennessee, Inc. in Midway was chosen to receive the Commissioner’s Award of Excellence and the Volunteer STAR (Safety Through Accountability and Recognition) award.
"DTR Tennessee Incorporated has met the evaluation standards required to receive these awards by proving their ability to uphold an excellent safety record," said James Neeley, Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development, who presented the Commissioner’s Award and the Volunteer STAR award to the company along with Deputy Governor John Morgan today at the company’s facility located at 199 Pottertown Road in Midway. “It is evident that DTR Tennessee is extremely dedicated to maintaining a safe and healthy workplace.”
The Commissioner’s Award honors Tennessee employers and their employees who together have achieved a required number of hours worked without experiencing a lost workday case and have maintained total injury and illness incidence rates below the national average. The number of hours required is based on the size of the company.
DTR Tennessee, Inc. – Midway employs 873 people and is a manufacturer of rubber products used primarily in the production of automobiles. The facility has qualified for the Commissioner’s Award by working more than one-million hours without a lost time or injury.
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.
For the three-year period 2006-2008, the site’s safety record is as follows:
  • Three-year Total Case Incidence Rate (TCIR) is 2.21
68% 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 0.54
87% 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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