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Region 7 News Release: 09-549-KAN
May 26, 2009
Contact: Jeremy Eggers
Phone: 303-844-1299

The U.S. Department of Labor's OSHA recognizes WB Construction LLC in Wichita, Kan., for workplace safety and health excellence

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has designated WB Construction LLC in Wichita, Kan., as a Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) star site, the department's highest recognition for meeting or exceeding workplace safety and health standards.

WB Construction earned VPP recognition following a comprehensive onsite evaluation by a team of OSHA safety and health experts. The company, with 36 employees in Wichita, performs fabrication and installation of piping and structural steel components.

"The VPP recognizes worksites that are committed to effective employee protection beyond the requirements of OSHA standards and encourages cooperative relationships among labor, management, unions and government," said Charles E. Adkins, OSHA's regional administrator in Kansas City. "WB Construction has displayed an outstanding commitment to safety and health."

The VPP offers employers the opportunity to move beyond traditional safety programs by recognizing participants who successfully incorporate comprehensive safety and health programs into their total management systems.

More than 2,160 worksites nationwide, representing more than 270 industries, have earned entry into OSHA's VPP. Requirements include a high degree of management commitment and employee involvement; a high-quality worksite analysis, hazard prevention and control program; and comprehensive safety and health training for all employees. Each of these elements must be effective, in place and in operation for at least one year before a company can apply to join the VPP.

Companies in the VPP achieve average injury and illness rates 50 percent below the Bureau of Labor Statistics average for other companies in their respective industries.