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Delta Air Lines-Memphis Technical Operations Receives Volunteer STAR Safety Award

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 | 03:36am

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips announced that Delta Air Lines Technical Operations in Memphis was chosen to receive the Volunteer STAR (Safety Through Accountability and Recognition) Award.

Delta — the first major airline participant in the VPP program — now operates 17 airport and aircraft maintenance locations across the United States with the STAR site designation.

"Delta Air Lines Technical Operations in Memphis has met the evaluation standards required to receive this award by proving their ability to uphold an excellent safety record," said James Flanagan, Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration Assistant Administrator, who presented the Volunteer STAR Award Friday at the company’s facility located at 2491 Winchester Road in Memphis. “It is evident that this facility is extremely dedicated to maintaining a safe and healthy workplace.”                                                           

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.

Providing a safe, secure, and compliant operation is Delta’s first and most fundamental obligation to our customers and employees,” said John Laughter, Delta’s senior vice president – Corporate Safety, Security and Compliance. “Volunteer STAR status is a great validation of Delta’s unwavering commitment to safety, and I applaud the Memphis TechOps team for their hard work together to achieve this important recognition.”

Delta Air Lines Technical Operations’ Memphis facility has 27 employees engaged in performing routine, unscheduled aircraft maintenance and removing and installing parts on aircraft. This is the site’s first time to receive the Volunteer STAR Award. There are currently 40 Volunteer STAR sites in Tennessee.

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 and other TOSHA Award programs contact the Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration at (800) 325-9901.


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