USFilter division wins merit award for avoiding lost-time workplace injuries

The State of New Jersey Department of Labor recently presented USFilter's Wallace & Tiernan Products with a Citation of Merit Award for avoiding lost-time accidents.

VINELAND, N.J., July 3, 2001 -- The State of New Jersey Department of Labor recently presented USFilter's Wallace & Tiernan Products with a Citation of Merit Award for operating throughout the calendar year without experiencing a lost-time work-related injury or illness. The award is part of the Governor's Occupational Safety and Health Awards Program for achievement in the prevention of workplace injury and illness.

The water and wastewater equipment and services provider accepted the award at the 73rd Annual South Jersey Industrial Council Awards Banquet in Almonesson. In addition to USFilter, 160 New Jersey companies earned a Citation of Merit Award.

Established in 1927, the state-sponsored Governor's Occupational Safety and Health Awards Program is designed to recognize businesses that promote safety and health excellence in the workplace. The program is open to all places of employment, public and private, regardless of size, and is sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Labor, the New Jersey State Industrial Safety Committee, and the New Jersey State Safety Council.

Although the official lost-time count ended on December 31, 2000, USFilter's Wallace & Tiernan Products continues to add to its record. As of June 30, the Vineland, N.J.-based facility has accrued an additional 168,320 man-hours without a lost-time incident, bringing the company's total accumulated hours since the count first began to 863,808 man-hours. An unblemished year-end no lost-time record would qualify Wallace & Tiernan Products for the Division of Public Safety and Occupational Safety and Health Award.

Said Ron Casatelli, vice president and general manager of USFilter's Wallace & Tiernan Products, "It's really outstanding when you think about it. One hundred and sixty-five people continue to make safety a top priority at our Vineland facility. In speaking on their behalf, USFilter's Wallace & Tiernan is honored to receive such a prestigious award!"

Of the 600 USFilter facilities in North America, Wallace & Tiernan holds the second longest record for no lost-time incidents. Another USFilter division holds the intra-company record of having worked more than six and a half years without a lost-time occurrence. These two divisions are recognized as leaders in safety within the company.

USFilter's Wallace & Tiernan Products is the leading global supplier of chemical feed and disinfection equipment to the water and wastewater treatment market. In addition to having the most comprehensive line of disinfection/chlorination equipment available, Wallace & Tiernan Products also offers analytical instrumentation and controls, chemical-metering pumps, dry feeders, flow meters and systems.

USFilter is a Vivendi Water company, the leading global provider of commercial, industrial, municipal and residential water and wastewater treatment systems, products and services, with operations in more than 100 countries. Together, Vivendi Water, Onyx (solid waste and industrial services), Dalkia (energy management), and Connex (transportation and logistics) comprise Vivendi Environnement, the largest environmental services company in the world with annual revenues of more than $23 billion. USFilter invites you to visit its web site at

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