A construction project at a hospital has won a Philadelphia company the highest honor in OSHA's Voluntary Protection Programs.

OSHA certified L.F. Driscoll LLC's construction site at the Children's Hospital as a "star" worksite because of Driscoll's commitment to ensuring a safe and healthful work environment for employees," according to John Hermanson, OSHA's regional administrator in Philadelphia, who attended the ceremony.

L.F. Driscoll employs 115 workers and completes building construction projects ranging from very small renovations to major building expansion projects.

The Voluntary Protection Programs recognize employers and workers in private industry and federal agencies that 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 the VPP, management, labor and OSHA work cooperatively and proactively to prevent fatalities, injuries and illnesses through hazard prevention and control, worksite analysis, training, management commitment and worker involvement. For information on the VPP and other cooperative programs, visit http://www.osha.gov/dcsp/compliance_assistance/index_programs.html.