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2014 Governor's Award for Safety Excellence (GASE) Winners

J & J Fire Protection Co., Inc. - Butler County

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J & J Fire Protection Co., Inc., located in Butler County, designs, installs, fabricates and maintains all types of water-based fire protection systems. Their primary goal is to safely, courteously and efficiently perform the work of designing, fabricating, installing and maintaining sprinkler systems to meet their customer’s needs as required by the NFPA guidelines, local codes, and insurance underwriters. Over the last five year period, their total injury loss was under $500. They are currently involved with the Association of Builders and Contractors STEP (Safety Training and Evaluating Process) program. The STEP standard assists with measures to identify areas of improvement and showcase performance. STEP is an annual assessment with 20 key components.

United Industrial Group, Inc. - Washington County

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United Industrial Group, Inc. services over 500 customers in the Tri-State area of Western Pennsylvania, Eastern Ohio and West Virginia. They have a repair facility, with trained and qualified technicians and a complete line of industrial electro-mechanical products to assist customers in the maintenance, production and performance of their facilities and plants. Experienced technicians also perform complete maintenance on-site as well as at their facility. They have implemented the Absolute Zero Safety Program, which states: “See Something, Say Something and Do Something!” They have worked 2214 days without a lost-time incident as of Sept. 24, 2014. They have also reduced their experience modification rating from 0.933 in 2011 to a current figure of 0.853 for 2014.

Center for Emergency Medicine of Western Pennsylvania, Inc. - Allegheny County d/b/a/ STAT MedEvac

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STAT MedEvac is a Direct Air Carrier and arranges and coordinates the operation of air ambulance services. STAT MedEvac, a service of the Center for Emergency Medicine of Western PA, Inc. has 20 helicopters that are equipped with the latest in lifesaving and advanced aviation technologies. Each aircraft is staffed with a pilot, flight nurse, and flight paramedic. They also provide ground transport when pilots can’t fly. The superior response times of STAT MedEvac provides immediate access to advanced care that can actually improve patient outcomes. They have become the first helicopter emergency medical service operator to participate in the Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP) in conjunction with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The goal of the Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP) is to enhance aviation safety through the prevention of accidents and incidents.

VitaCare Home Health, Inc. - Bucks County

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VitaCare Home Health Agency is a large and culturally diverse agency operating in Philadelphia and the surrounding regions. Through VitaCare, patients can obtain visiting nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, home health aids and personal care aids. Services are provided to diverse communities (e.x. Chinese, Ukrainian, Spanish), meeting the needs of each culture by matching a healthcare professional of the same ethnicity as the patient. There has been a zero percent loss ratio in 2014 and experience modification rating of 0.728, one of the lowest in the state. The Department of Health indicates that VitaCare has been deficiency-free for six years. Locally within their community, they have been recognized and received numerous awards.

Cambria County Tansit Authority - Cambria County

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CamTran is a public transit agency providing drivers and transportation services to both an urban and rural setting. The urban services encompass two counties, while the rural services area exceeds three counties. Approximately 5,000 to 10,000 wheelchair passengers are transported per month. CamTran provided training to all drivers to properly assist disabled individuals’ needs when boarding and riding buses and other vehicles. As of Aug. 17, 2014, CamTran moved into a new $23 million building, the design of which addresses not only the ergonomic flow of vehicles but safety issues that may occur in such a work location. CamTran uses a mascot, Eeyore the Donkey, with the safety slogan, “I may be slow, but I am always safe!” to encourage safety among all employees. CamTran is represented by Amalgamated Transit Union 1279.