AK Steel’s Butler Works Reaffirmed as “Star” Plant by OSHA

 

Middletown, OH, February 17, 2005—AK Steel’s (NYSE: AKS) Butler, Pennsylvania Works has been recertified under the “Star” safety designation of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Voluntary Protection Program, or VPP.  In 2001 the Butler Works became the first steel plant to be awarded the Star VPP designation, which was created to recognize and promote effective safety and health management by establishing a cooperative relationship between management, labor and OSHA. By meeting VPP criteria, OSHA publicly recognizes that Butler Works’ exemplary safety program goes above and beyond OSHA requirements.

“Safety is our first priority,” said James L. Wainscott, president and CEO of AK Steel. “While we never cease in our efforts to reduce accidents and injuries, we are quite proud to acknowledge that our employees have demonstrated an exemplary commitment to workplace safety.”

AK Steel noted that the OSHA Total Recordable injury rate for its Butler Works in 2004 was 0.56, compared to a steel industry average more than 12 times higher.  Butler Works employees worked in 2004 without a single lost-time injury, and suffered only a single restricted work injury for the entire year.

According to OSHA, VPPs are designed to recognize and promote effective safety and health management by establishing a cooperative relationship between management, labor and OSHA. By meeting OSHA’s VPP criteria, OSHA publicly recognizes that Butler Works’ exemplary safety program goes above and beyond OSHA requirements.

Among Butler Works’ other safety honors are the Pennsylvania Governor’s Award for Safety Excellence, Award of Honor from the National Safety Council and Outstanding Achievement Award from the Western Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Safety Council.  AK Steel also received the inaugural Green Cross For Safety award from the National Safety Council in 2000.  In 2002, AK Steel’s Rockport, Indiana Works was certified to participate in OSHA’s VPP program through the Indiana Department of Labor.  

AK Steel, headquartered in Middletown, Ohio, produces flat-rolled carbon, stainless and electrical steel products for automotive, appliance, construction and manufacturing markets, as well as tubular steel products.