L&W Supply Corp. celebrated achieving the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Star designation from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for the L&W Supply, Indianapolis Drywall Supply branch.
L&W is the distribution subsidiary of USG Corp.
Indianapolis is the third L&W Supply branch to achieve the Star designation, the highest recognition within OSHA’s VPP program, according to USG. OSHA officials presented the award to the branch’s 15 employees today, with L&W Supply senior management and customers also in attendance.
To attain the Star designation, employees, management and OSHA work together to implement safety and health programs and processes that go beyond OSHA regulations to further protect employees and promote safe operations. Fewer than 2,500 worksites of the more than 8 million in the United States have received the VPP Star designation.
“The L&W Supply team in Indianapolis achieved these results not just at the branch but while operating on job sites, where conditions change constantly and are often beyond employees’ control,” said Brendan Deely, president and CEO of L&W Supply, and executive VP of USG Corp. “It takes exceptional ability and focus to meet these exceptional challenges, and it’s why we are recognized as industry leaders in safety.”
L&W Supply is the largest specialty dealer in North America for drywall, ceilings, steel framing and other building materials, with more than 140 locations. Indianapolis Drywall Supply opened in 1970 as the first L&W Supply branch location. It supplies construction materials to builders, contractors and other customers in central Indiana. Like all L&W Supply branches, it specializes in delivering the materials and then stocking them throughout the job site. Despite the potential hazards posed by this process, the L&W Supply employees have established an exceptional safety record. The Indianapolis branch has not experienced a lost workday incident since December 2004.
Indianapolis Drywall Supply completed a rigorous application process to qualify for the Star designation, which included implementing new procedures and documentation.