Pratt & Whitney Amercon Receives OSHA Voluntary Protection Plan STAR Designation

MIDDLETOWN, Pa., Friday, August 26, 2011

Pratt & Whitney Amercon has been designated as a Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) STAR facility by the U. S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for reaching high standards in employee and facility safety practices. A ceremony marking STAR status was held at the company facility today. Pratt & Whitney is a United Technologies (NYSE:UTX) company.

The VPP recognize employers and workers in private industry 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. With 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.

Pratt & Whitney Amercon produces components for Pratt & Whitney aircraft engines, including the F135 engine for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Kip Wyman, general manager for Pratt & Whitney's Turbine Module Center, sees safe operation at Amercon as a key to gaining customers. "Our focus on employee and facility safety means that we can be more productive," said Wyman. "The safe work practices and conditions highlighted with STAR status enable Pratt & Whitney to be competitive in a highly competitive global marketplace."

Receiving the STAR flag and plaque on behalf of the company was Frank Rzeznikiewicz, general manager, Pratt & Whitney Amercon.

Pratt & Whitney is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines, space propulsion systems and industrial gas turbines. United Technologies, based in Hartford, Conn., is a diversified company providing high technology products and services to the global aerospace and commercial building industries.