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Labor & Industry Recognizes Lackawanna County Company for Exceptional Workplace Safety

11/30/2022

South Abington Township, PA – Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) Deputy Secretary for Compensation and Insurance Scott Weiant today presented G.R. Noto Electrical Construction with a 2022 Governor's Award for Safety Excellence (GASE).

During the award presentation, Weiant recognized the Lackawanna County company and more than 200 employees for their implementation of innovative, strategic safety policies that protect workers and highlighted the importance of safety committees in the workplace.

"Prioritizing safety culture in the workplace is made possible by the collaborative efforts of employers and their workers, and ultimately fosters a stronger, more productive workforce," Weiant said. "On behalf of L&I's Bureau for Workers' Compensation, I applaud G.R. Noto Electrical Construction for this achievement and its exceptional commitment to proactive safety measures that protect employees from harm, injury or illness."

Since 1997, this highly competitive award has supported the sharing of valuable best practices and strategic development of safety policy and approaches across the commonwealth. G.R. Noto's safety committee aligns its standards with L&I's Pennsylvania Training for Health and Safety initiative, known as PATHS, and is affiliated with the National Electrical Contractors Association, the Scranton Chamber of Commerce, and the Electrical Training Alliance, a joint training program between the National Electrical Contractors Association and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

G.R. Noto won a GASE award in 2016 and continues to enforce innovative engineering practices. Specifically, G.R. Noto has implemented the Electrical Prefabrication shop, the Building Information Modeling system, and safety efforts that result in incident rates well below industry average.

"This achievement is dedicated to our office staff, superintendents, foremen, inside wiremen, apprentices and warehouse carriers. Their relentless efforts to be efficient while maintaining safety as the top priority are unparalleled," said A.J. Palazzari, G.R. Noto project manager. "It is with great pride that we receive this honor and thank the entire team at G.R. Noto Electric. We will collectively continue to stay present in the ever-changing construction landscape. Thank you, L&I, for this recognition."

Workplace safety is a major priority of the Wolf Administration. Governor Tom Wolf signed an executive order in October 2021 that directed commonwealth agencies to take actions that advance worker protections in Pennsylvania – including studying the possibility of extending OSHA standards to commonwealth workplaces.

Certified workplace safety committees, supported by L&I's Bureau of Workers' Compensation Health & Safety Division, are effective tools for Pennsylvania businesses to protect their workers and save money. Pennsylvania employers who establish certified workplace safety committees receive a 5% discount on their workers' compensation insurance premiums.

More than 12,900 state-certified workplace safety committees have been established since March 1994, protecting more than 1.6 million workers. Additionally, employers with certified workplace safety committees have saved more than $850 million in workers' compensation premiums. These savings in insurance costs are due solely to the 5% premium discount provided to businesses that have the committees.

For more information on making Pennsylvania workplaces safer, visit www.dli.pa.gov, and click on "Workers' Compensation Services."

MEDIA CONTACT:  Alex Peterson, dlipress@pa.gov

Pictures from today's event are available upon request.

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