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CONTACT: MILISSA REIERSON
MARCH 28, 2007
(615) 741-2257
 

 

JOHN DEERE RECEIVES SECOND VOLUNTEER STAR SAFETY AWARD
COMPANY HAS WORKED EIGHT MILLION HOURS WITHOUT A LOST-TIME INJURY

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

“Today’s award is the second Volunteer STAR certification John Deere has earned,” said TDLWD Commissioner Neeley, who presented the STAR award to John Deere today at the company’s facility in Greeneville. “The evaluation criteria to maintain STAR status are demanding. John Deere employees have shown an earnest commitment to safety in order to achieve STAR recertification.”

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.

John Deere Power Products in Greeneville employs 1,000 people in the manufacture of lawn mowing equipment and accessories. The Greeneville plant first became a Volunteer STAR site in 2002.

The John Deere Greeneville site’s safety record is as follows:

  • Three-Year Average for Total Case Incidence Rate (TCIR) is 2.17
    66% below the BLS industry average
  • Three-Year Average for Days Away from Work and Restricted Activity and/or Transfer Case Incidence Rate (DART) rate is 0.92
    48% below the 2004 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.

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, contact TOSHA’s Consultative Services office at 800.325.9901.



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