Oshkosh Corp., a leading manufacturer of specialty vehicles and vehicle bodies, announced today that one of its affiliated companies’ facilities has received a top workplace safety designation. Its Riceville, Iowa facility (Iowa Contract Fabricators) has been designated a STAR worksite by the Iowa Occupational Safety & Health Administration (IOSHA) Voluntary Protection Program (VPP).

“This impressive award is attributed to the hard work and commitment to safety of our Riceville team members both at work, and in their personal lives,” said Wilson R. Jones, Oshkosh Corp. president and chief executive officer. “At Oshkosh facilities around the world, our people make our company great. That’s why excellence in safety is so critical; to ensure our team members work in a safe environment and go home safely each day to their families."

VPP recognizes employers and workers in the private sector and federal agencies 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. In VPP, management, labor, and OSHA work cooperatively and proactively to prevent fatalities, injuries, and illnesses through a system focused on: hazard prevention and control; worksite analysis; training; and management commitment and worker involvement. To participate, employers must submit an application to OSHA and undergo a rigorous onsite evaluation by a team of safety and health professionals.

Oshkosh has four levels of its safety management system that provides best practices for safety and operational excellence, as well as follows a common process to achieve results. Those facilities which have achieved VPP STAR ratings have lower incident rates, a decreased rate of turnover and absenteeism and an overall sustainable culture of employee-owned safety.