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Region 6 News Release: OSHA-08-295-DAL
Friday, March 14, 2008
Contact: Diana Petterson or Elizabeth Todd
Phone: 214-767-4776, ext. 222 or 221


Entergy Operations in Denham Springs, La., achieves U.S. Labor Department's OSHA recognition for safety and health excellence

DENHAM SPRINGS, La. -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has welcomed the Entergy Operations Denham Springs Service Center in Denham Springs, La., into the prestigious Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) at the highest, or "star," level.

Bruce Stark and Will Hebert from OSHA's area office in Baton Rouge, La., attended the recognition ceremony, which was held in Baton Rouge.

"Entergy Operations Denham Springs Service Center has demonstrated excellence in effective safety and health management," said OSHA Regional Administrator Dean W. McDaniel in Dallas. "The center's outstanding efforts include maintaining an injury and illness rate that is 27 percent below the national average for its industry."

The Entergy Denham Springs Service Center operates and maintains power lines that provide electricity to both residential and commercial customers in Livingston Parish, including the cities of Denham Springs and Walker. The company employs about 18 people in Denham Springs that construct and repair power lines, provide meter service and istall street lights in the surrounding area.

More than 1,940 worksites nationwide have earned entry into OSHA's VPP. Requirements include a high degree of