Members of NJ Local Union 594 were among the workers honored when OSHA presented its Volunteer Protection Program (VPP) award to contractor J.A. Jones for one million hours of construction labor with zero lost time due to injuries.

The $235 million project, three years in construction, was a manufacturing plant for Bristol Meyer Squibbs. The key element of success, according to Business Manager John Adams, was Jones’ safety program. It included drug testing, a four-hour site safety orientation and weekly safety meetings organized by the stewards. Since receiving the award last year, J.A. Jones, due to unrelated financial problems, has gone out of business.

[Steve Clark]