Johnson Technology Plants in Muskegon Receive Fifth Consecutive MVPP Star Award for Workplace Safety

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April 10, 2018 - Two Johnson Technology, Inc. plants in West Michigan received respective recertification of the Michigan Voluntary Protection Program (MVPP) Star Award from the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) for workplace safety and health excellence. The MIOSHA program is part of the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA).

"Each Johnson Technology facility in Muskegon is to be commended for their long-standing commitment to worker safety and health,” said MIOSHA Director Bart Pickelman. “Congratulations for continuing to implement innovative safety practices over the years that have proven to be a wise investment on so many levels.”  

MIOSHA established the MVPP program in 1996 to recognize employers that are actively working toward achieving excellence in workplace safety and health. The MVPP Star is the highest safety award available from MIOSHA and is given to companies that both implement protections beyond MIOSHA requirements and have injury and illness rates below the industry average for the last three years. These facilities are exempt from programmed inspections for three years.

This is the fifth consecutive MVPP Star award for each of the two sites that manufacture military and aviation engine components. The Latimer plant (located at 2034 Latimer Drive; 370 employees) first received the MVPP Star award in March 2003, which was preceded by earning the MVVP Rising Star award in November 2002. The Norton Shores plant (located at 6060 C. Norton Center Drive; 450 employees) first received its MVPP Star Award in April 2004, which was preceded by earning the MVPP Rising Star Award in November 2003.

The plants were independently re-evaluated, most recently for the best practice of holding HOP (Human Organizational Performance) one-day training events to identify latent conditions that may contribute to a workplace incident or injury; and provide instruction on using learning teams to investigate incidents and injuries to better identify root causes and take more robust corrective actions.

Johnson Technology, is a wholly owned subsidiary of GE Aviation, an operating unit of General Electric Co., and provides commercial and military jet engines as well as avionics, digital solutions and electrical power systems for aircraft.

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