Georgia-Pacific Coos Bay mill honored for worker safety record
COOS BAY - Georgia-Pacifics Coos Bay Sawmill today was honored
by Oregon OSHA for an exceptional safety record and an ongoing commitment
to worker safety and health.
Managers and staff of the Coos Bay mill received VPP Merit Award
status from the Oregon OSHA Voluntary Protection Program (VPP). The Voluntary
Protection Program is a national program that encourages companies to
voluntarily meet rigorous workplace safety and health management standards
to protect workers and reduce injuries, especially within industries that
traditionally have a high injury or fatal incident rate.
Georgia-Pacifics Coos Bay mill has an injury lost-workday
rate which is 75 percent lower than the industry average for wood products,
says Peter De Luca, administrator of Oregon OSHA. That safety record
is accomplished because every person at the mill makes a commitment to
working safely. The total rate for worker injuries of all types
at the Coos Bay mill is 81 percent below the average for the entire industry.
In human terms, that means four more people at the Coos Bay mill
did NOT miss work last year due to a serious injury who otherwise would
have been injured, says De Luca. Ten additional people would
have also experienced some sort of workplace injury. Those injuries would
not have been prevented without Georgia-Pacifics commitment to safety.
Georgia-Pacific Coos Bay is one of six VPP sites in Oregon. The
additional VPP sites in Oregon are Kerr McGee Chemical LLC in The Dalles
(VPP Star Award), Georgia-Pacific Toledo pulp and paper mill (VPP Star
Award), Georgia-Pacific Philomath mill (VPP Star Award), Frito-Lay Beaverton
cookie and pretzel plant (VPP Merit Award), and DPR Constructions
Lewis & Clark Campus Housing Project (VPP Merit Award).
Oregon OSHA offers a variety of conferences, on-site training, educational
resources and consultation services to help Oregon employers create safer
workplaces and reduce the amount of productivity lost due to injuries
which occur at work. Additional information and resources are available
on Oregon OSHAs website, www.orosha.org