Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Weyerhaeuser Receives Highest Certification for Employee Safety and Health Program

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, November 21, 2006  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker
502-564-2611

Mark York
502-564-3350
 


Governor Fletcher helps commemorate achievement

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (Nov. 21, 2006) – Weyerhaeuser Co., a global leader of the forest products industry, today was recognized by Governor Ernie Fletcher for an extraordinary employee safety and health program at its corrugated packaging plant in Bowling Green.

The plant has been inducted as a STAR site of the Voluntary Protection Partnership (VPP) program administered by the Kentucky Office of Occupational Safety and Health (OSH), an agency of the Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet (EPPC).

VPP STAR, the highest level of certification for employee safety and health, signifies an employer who promotes exemplary safety and health performance in the workplace. Certification carries rigorous qualifying criteria, and companies must undergo an extensive on-site evaluation. STAR sites serve as models for health and safety in their industries and as mentors to other companies.

“Safety on the job is one way we ensure healthy Kentuckians and strong communities,” said Governor Fletcher, who joined in the raising of a VPP flag to celebrate Weyerhaeuser-Bowling Green’s achievement. “When employers and employees work side by side for safety, everyone benefits.”

The plant, Bowling Green Packaging, has a record of consistent attention to safety. Its DART rate – “Days Away, Restricted Time” due to workplace injury or illness – and Total Case Incidence Rate rank well below averages for the industry.

"At Weyerhaeuser we continuously pursue ideas and methods to improve our workplace health and safety,” said Jeff Holman, manager of the Bowling Green site. “Our partnership with Kentucky OSH-VPP has been a rewarding process and has greatly improved our health and safety program.  Our employees have participated enthusiastically in the VPP process and we are grateful for their fine efforts.”

Bowling Green Packaging has operated continuously since 1980.  It employs about 250 men and women producing a wide range of corrugated shipping boxes and specialty packaging.  In Kentucky, Weyerhaeuser employs about 1,450 men and women, with operations in Henderson, Hawesville, Owensboro, Bowling Green, Louisville, Richwood, and Chavies.

Weyerhaeuser Company, one of the world’s largest integrated forest products companies, was incorporated in 1900. In 2005, sales were $22.6 billion. It has offices or operations in 18 countries, with customers worldwide. Weyerhaeuser is principally engaged in the growing and harvesting of timber; the manufacture, distribution and sale of forest products; and real estate construction, development and related activities. Additional information about Weyerhaeuser’s businesses, products and practices is available at http://www.weyerhaeuser.com.


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