OSHA Gives Avondale Its Highest Safety Award

Avondale Industries, Inc. of New Orleans, La., recently became the first shipbuilding company ever to receive the U.S. Department of Labor's highest award for healthy and safe working environments.

Known as the "Star" award, the honor is given only to industries which participate in the Voluntary Protection Program of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and have an.

extraordinarily low frequency of lost-time accidents.

The award was presented to Avondale by John A. Pendergrass, Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA, during ceremonies at company headquarters. Mr. Pendergrass was accompanied by Zoltan Bagdy, Federal and State Operations, Voluntary Protection Program, Washington.

Accepting the award on behalf of Avondale was Albert L. Bossier Jr., chairman and chief executive officer, who praised Avondale employees for the dedication to safe work practices.

Mr. Bossier said: "Avondale has become the most productive shipyard in the country. Our ability to attract new contracts is the result of our competitive pricing and we are able to turn in winning bids because our employees understand the relationship between productivity and safe work practices. Avondale employees have an extra incentive to maintain a safe work place and keep productivity because they own 60 percent of the company's outstanding stock." For free literature giving complete information on the facilities and capabilities of Avondale, Circle 36 on Reader Service Card

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