MYR Group Inc., a holding company of specialty contractors serving the electrical infrastructure market in the United States, announced that the Chattanooga, Tenn., district of its subsidiary, The L.E. Myers Co., received its recognition award for achieving Star status in the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) for the Mobile Workforce Demonstration for Construction.

Star status is the highest VPP recognition level awarded by OSHA for workplace safety and health. The L.E. Myers Co. received the award for work it performed for the Tennessee Valley Authority across multiple states.

“This [award] further demonstrates how the employer, their employees and OSHA, working together, can improve safety and health in the workplace,” said Cindy Coe, Region IV Administrator at OSHA. “By reducing injuries and illnesses, the company is more profitable, and employees are more productive.”

Another MYR subsidiary, Sturgeon Electric Co. Inc., received VPP Star status in August 2008 for its Colorado Transmission and Distribution Division and Commercial and Industrial Division.

“MYR Group is a true leader in employee safety and health, especially in the construction industry,” said Greg Baxter, OSHA regional VPP administrator in Denver. “Sturgeon Electric is the first electrical contractor in Region VIII to receive VPP recognition.”

In August 2004, MYR, with other electrical transmission and distribution construction contractors and trade associations, formed a national OSHA Strategic Partnership (OSP). The training courses and best practices implemented through the OSP have contributed to improved safety and health throughout the company.