Bechtel National has been awarded the Voluntary Protection Program Star of Excellence for worker safety at the Hanford vitrification plant project, after achieving is lowest injury rate in the history of the project.
The award is DOE’s highest for safety. It is given to projects that have a rate of recordable injuries at least 75 percent below the Bureau of Labor Statistics national average for the industry. Projects also must show strong involvement in mentoring and outreach.
The award was based on Bechtel’s safety record in 2014, which had a recordable case rate that dropped for the third consecutive year.
“Safety is a core value in conducting our business,” said Peggy McCullough, Bechtel project director. “Our employees have done an excellent job taking ownership of their safety, as well as their co-workers’ safety.”