Primesouth Brooklyn Facility Receives Star Designation
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Brooklyn, N.Y., Nov. 6, 2006
– The Brooklyn Navy Yard Cogeneration facility, operated by Palmark, a division of SCANA subsidiary Primesouth Inc., was recently recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration for its outstanding health and safety programs at a special ceremony Oct. 18 at the plant in Brooklyn, N.Y.

The facility, owned by Delta Power and Metalmark Capital, received a Star designation, the highest status given in OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Programs. VPP recognizes participants that successfully incorporate comprehensive safety and health programs into their systems.

The Brooklyn Navy Yard Cogeneration facility is a 286-megawatt dual fuel facility that supplies electricity and steam to New York City residents and businesses. Situated on an historic site, the plant has earned a series of awards and was the first cogeneration plant to be accepted into both the U.S. EPA National Environmental Performance Track and OSHA's Voluntary Protection Program in 2006. These two voluntary programs recognize companies committed to environmental excellence and outstanding workplace safety.

Primesouth and Palmark provide management and maintenance services for power generating, utility and industrial facilities in five states. The BNYC facility is the first physical site in New York City to receive prestigious Star designation, according to Norman Deitch, OSHA’s Region 2 VPP manager.

“Our review of the facility’s safety and health management programs found them consistent with the high quality expected of VPP participants, with injury and illness rates below the industry average,” Deitch said. “This speaks to an ongoing commitment by both management and workers to enhance safety and health at this workplace.”

Qualifying for the Star designation required a long, detailed process during which plant management and employees demonstrated that programs and procedures were implemented beyond those required by OSHA standards. This included a safety and health management system that addressed worksite hazards, along with safety and health training programs that ensure both employees and contractors understand occupational hazards and how to address them. It took more than a year to complete the process and gain approval.
 
“Achieving this recognition required a change in culture that resulted in our people believing in these programs and recognizing the benefits of doing the right things,” explained Mike Brown, the plant’s manager.” Our people have taken great pride in this effort, and have learned that safety and good health contribute to an improved quality of life, as well as better productivity in our facility.”

Primesouth Vice President Dean Bain spoke at the ceremony in addition to OSHA officials, N.Y. Congressman Anthony Weiner and the plant’s ownership. Also taking part in the ceremony were representatives of Local 3 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and Local 30 of the International Union of Operating Engineers.

“This is a very prestigious award that shows everyone in your industry that you care about safety and your people,” said Bain at the ceremony. “It helps us demonstrate the type of company we are and the extra effort put forth by our people.”