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Aug. 8, 2006

Vancouver plant earns top safety and health recognition

TUMWATER — General Electric Contractual Services (GECS) has been recognized by the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) for achieving excellence in workplace safety and health at the River Road Generating Plant in Vancouver.

The plant, which is owned by Clark County Utilities and operated under contract by GECS, was named a Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Star worksite, the state’s highest honor for comprehensive and successful programs focused on occupational safety and health. The award is based on company leadership and commitment, extensive employee participation, an ongoing safety and health improvement program, and passing an L&I audit and extensive on-site review. GECS joins an exclusive club of only 28 Washington worksites that have earned VPP recognition.

“We encourage all employers to follow GECS’s example in preventing injuries and illnesses in the workplace,” said Labor & Industries Director Gary Weeks. “For companies needing help, we have consultation experts, as well as extensive training resources.”

GECS has 19 employees operating the generating plant 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Potential hazards include machinery and equipment, high temperatures, electricity, ergonomics, confined spaces and hazardous chemicals. The company had no recordable injuries or illnesses and no missed work days in the past three years, placing it 100 percent below the Bureau of Labor Statistics national average for similar industries.

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For media information: Elaine Fischer, L&I Public Affairs, 360-902-5413 or nele235@LNI.wa.gov, or visit the L&I News and Media Center at www.LNI.wa.gov/News.

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