By Leslie Yuenger, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Northwest Public Affairs
SILVERDALE, Wash. (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Northwest announced its Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Star Safe Employee and Star Safe Work Center awards, March 17.
One of OSHA's Voluntary Protection Programs, the Star Program is designed for exemplary worksites with comprehensive, successful safety and health management systems. Companies in the Star Program have achieved injury and illness rates at or below the national average of their respective industries, and are committed to effective employee protection beyond the requirements of OSHA standards.
"It gives me great pleasure to announce NAVFAC Northwest's Star safety awards," said Capt. Christopher LaPlatney, commanding officer of NAVFAC Northwest. "Our Star Safe Employee of the Year is Mr. Steve Corley and our Star Safe Work Center of the Year is Public Works Department Whidbey Island's recycle conveyor team. All demonstrated a dedication to a safe work environment and safe work practices that are essential in a healthy safety program."
As an engineering technician, Corley's proactive and decisive actions throughout the year reduced mishaps, minimized impact to supported commands, and improved hazard awareness among coworkers and contactors.
Whidbey Island's recycle conveyor team enhanced safety awareness and processes through the reutilization of surplus belt conveyor equipment, which greatly reduced the physical stress of bending, twisting and lifting for employees while sorting and packing recyclable materials. The team collected the equipment, designed a layout, developed an installation plan, and oversaw the base operating support contract that put the system in operation. The risk of accidents and employee injuries were greatly reduced by isolating them from forklift and equipment traffic.
"Congratulations to all of our awardees, and my thanks to all of you who work hard every day to improve NAVFAC Northwest's culture of safety," said LaPlatney.
NAVFAC Northwest instituted OSHA's Voluntary Protection Program in 2006, and was recognized as an OSHA Star site in 2011.