ITW Dynatec Receives Volunteer Star Safety Award

Wednesday, February 04, 2009 | 02:14 pm

Company First Received Star Status in 2005

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner James Neeley announced that ITW Dynatec in Hendersonville has earned a renewal of the Volunteer STAR (Safety Through Accountability and Recognition) award.
"ITW Dynatec has met the evaluation standards required to receive this award by proving their ability to uphold an excellent safety record," said Deputy Commissioner Bob Henningsen, who presented the Volunteer STAR award today at the company’s facility located at 31 Volunteer Drive in Hendersonville, Tenn. “It is evident that ITW Dynatec 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.
ITW Dynatec has 104 employees that design, manufacture and sell a full range of cold and hot melt adhesive application equipment for the non-wovens, converting, product assembly and packaging industries worldwide. The facility first achieved STAR status in 2005.
For the three-year period 2005-2007, the site’s Three-year Total Case Incidence Rate (TCIR) is 0.58 or 90% below the current BLS industry average. The site’s Three-year Days Away from Work and Restricted Activity and/or Transfer Incidence Rate (DART) rate is 0.29 or 88% below the current BLS industry average. 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.
“ITW Dynatec continually strives to provide a safe and healthful working environment for our employees,” said General Manager Jud Broome. “All ITW Dynatec employees are involved in STAR.”
“Everyone has pitched in and done some amazing things. If it weren’t for the efforts of all of us, this wouldn’t be possible,” said Safety Coordinator Denise Steiner. “STAR has become part of our culture of excellence. We have achieved the VPP STAR certification because management made a choice and a commitment to SAFETY. We take it very seriously.”
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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