BlueLinx Corporation Receives Volunteer Star Safety Award

Wednesday, February 17, 2010 | 12:27 pm
Company Earns Star Award for the Second Time
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner James Neeley announced that BlueLinx Corporation was chosen to receive the Volunteer STAR (Safety Through Accountability and Recognition) award.
"BlueLinx Corporation has met the evaluation standards required to receive this award by proving their ability to uphold an excellent safety record," said John Winkler, Tennessee Occupational Safety & Health Administrator, who presented the Volunteer STAR award to the company today at the company’s facility located at 1040 S. Industrial Drive in Erwin. “It is evident that BlueLinx Corporation 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.
The BlueLinx Erwin facility has 23 employees engaged in the distribution of lumber and other construction materials. Employees receive building products via railcars and trucks and then distribute the products to customers by means of the BlueLinx fleet. BlueLinx products range from lumber and plywood to roofing and rebar. This is the site’s second time to receive the Volunteer STAR award. There are currently 32 Volunteer STAR sites in Tennessee.
For the three-year period 2006-2008, the site’s safety record is as follows:
  • Three-year Total Case Incidence Rate (TCIR) is 2.63
43% 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 1.75
40% 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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