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Michigan Contractor Shines with VPP Star Award

Only two Michigan companies have earned that state’s prestigious Voluntary Protection Program in Construction Star Award. Holly Construction Company was recently renewed into the program, which recognizes employers with exemplary safety and health systems. The VPP program is administered by Michigan OSHA (MIOSHA).

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MIOSHA director Bart Pickelman called Holly Construction one of the “best of the best” in outstanding worker protection. “This company continues to excel under the most rigorous worker health and safety standards. It’s truly a credit to Holly’s strong management commitment and employee involvement, giving them an edge in today’s competitive economy.” Pickelman points to national statistics that show employers who participate in a voluntary protection program see 60-80 percent fewer lost work days due to injuries than would be expected of similar businesses. To be eligible for MIOSHA Star, applicants must demonstrate that injury and incidence rates for each of the last three calendar years are below industry averages.

Holly Construction serves the petroleum, power, terminal, utility, chemical, and industrial gas industries. The company is headquartered in Melvindale, Michigan with three U.S. locations. Holly Construction operates under the belief that all injuries and work-related illnesses can be prevented.

According to the website, pursuing that goal “means a constant and relentless pursuit of perfection (zero injuries or incidents), while accepting excellence as the only alternative.” The employer credits its team, which includes an experienced union work force and experts in the field of accident investigation, training, and engineering.

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