PASADENA, Calif., March 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (NYSE :JEC ) announced today that it was recognized by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) with Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) Corporate Participant status. This prestigious distinction is currently held by only seven other corporations.
Mark Briggs, the OSHA Area Director for the Houston South Area Office representing Region VI, presented the recognition to the company at a ceremony and luncheon in Houston on February 23. Jacobs hosted the event, at which Jacobs' Senior Vice President of Quality and Safety Colin Edwards served as the Master of Ceremonies.
The award of VPP Corporate Participant status widely reflects the company's commitment to safety. Jacobs has long been an industry leader in employee safety and VPP recognition. Since being recognized with its first VPP Star Site in 1996, Jacobs has successfully supported and confirmed twenty-eight VPP Star or demonstration sites. Currently, Jacobs has seventeen active Star sites located throughout the country and Mobile Workforce for Construction in Region VI.
"Safety is at the core of everything we do at Jacobs – it's more than policies and procedures; it's how we do business and it's how we live. We believe that we owe it to our employees to help keep them and their families, communities, our clients and our contractors healthy and happy," said Jacobs President and Chief Executive Officer Craig Martin.
VPP is a cooperative partnership with OSHA, work site employees and management to advance the health and safety of employees. The VPP recognizes employers and workers who have implemented effective safety and health management systems and maintain injury and illness rates below national Bureau of Labor Statistics averages for their respective industries.
Jacobs is one of the world's largest and most diverse providers of technical, professional and construction services.
Statements made in this release that are not based on historical fact are forward-looking statements. We base these forward-looking statements on management's current estimates and expectations as well as currently available competitive, financial and economic data. Forward-looking statements, however, are inherently uncertain. There are a variety of factors that could cause business results to differ materially from our forward-looking statements. For a description of some of the factors which may occur that could cause actual results to differ from our forward-looking statements please refer to our 2010 Form 10-K, and in particular the discussions contained under Items 1 - Business, 1A - Risk Factors, 3 - Legal Proceedings, and 7 - Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations. We do not undertake to update any forward-looking statements made herein.
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