Hendrickson Trailer Suspension Systems Receives Volunteer Star Safety Award

Friday, June 04, 2010 | 11:39 am
Company Earns Star Award for the First Time
 
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner James Neeley announced that Hendrickson Trailer Suspension Systems was chosen to receive the Volunteer STAR (Safety Through Accountability and Recognition) award.
 
"Hendrickson Trailer Suspension Systems has met the evaluation standards required to receive this award by proving their ability to uphold an excellent safety record," said Bob Henningsen, Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Deputy Commissioner, who presented the Volunteer STAR award to the company today at the company’s facility located at 151 International Blvd. in Clarksville. “It is evident that Hendrickson Trailer Suspension Systems 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.
 
Hendrickson Trailer Suspension Systems has 234 employees in the manufacturing of axles and suspension systems for on-road trailers. This is the site’s first time to receive the Volunteer STAR award. There are currently 33 Volunteer STAR sites in Tennessee.
 
"The goal of Hendrickson Trailer Suspension Systems is to be an industry leader in protecting the health and safety of our employees, customers and communities,” said Tremayne Anderson, Health & Safety Coordinator. “Through education, dedication and teamwork; the Hendrickson Clarksville facility will receive the Volunteer STAR award, a significant milestone on our journey toward safety excellence."
 
For the three-year period 2007-2009, the site’s safety record is as follows:
 
  • Three-year Total Case Incidence Rate (TCIR) is 6.11
34% 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 3.71
21% 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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