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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: MILISSA REIERSON
MAY 9, 2006
(615) 741-2257
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HUBER ENGINEERED WOODS EARNS SAFETY AWARD
COMPANY’S SAFETY RECORD IMPROVED CONSISTENTLY DURING CERTIFICATION PREPARATION

NASHVILLE - Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner James Neeley announced that Huber Engineered Woods was chosen to receive the Volunteer STAR (Safety Through Accountability and Recognition) award.

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.

“Huber has an extraordinary safety history,” said TDLWD Administrator for TOSHA John Winkler, who presented the STAR award to Huber Engineered Woods today at the company’s facility in Spring City. “Particularly remarkable is that Huber’s Injury and Illness Rates have consistently declined throughout the process of preparing for VPP certification.” He explained that the reduction has been significant, with a 56 percent decrease in Total Case Incident Rate (TCIR) and a 75 percent reduction in the site’s Days Away from Work and Restricted Activity and/or Transfer Case Incidence Rate (DART).

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 prgrammed compliance inspection lists for a period of three years.

Huber Engineered Woods Whites Creek Mill manufactures specialty building products, and the plant is one of three continuous press operations in North America dedicated to the production of engineered strand wood products. The facility employs 164 employees.

Huber Engineered Woods is Tennessee’s 23 rd Volunteer STAR site.

For more information on the Volunteer STAR award program, contact TOSHA’s Consultative Services office at (800) 325-9901.


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