Black & Veatch receives OSHA’s highest safety award

Kansas City, Mo., Nov. 27, 2001 — Black & Veatch announced today that its Sanford repowering project for Florida Power & Light Company received the OSHA Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Star award, the firm’s second Star award this year.

The award was presented Nov. 9, 2001, at a ceremony attended by OSHA Regional Representative James Borders. It was given in recognition of the safety program implemented at the project site.

The OSHA VPP Star award is based on having comprehensive safety management systems with active employee involvement, and recognizes companies with exemplary health and safety records on construction projects.

“The OSHA VPP Star award is very rarely awarded,” said Borders. “What has been done at the FPL Sanford site takes commitment. And, in a true safety environment such as this one, employees work safely because they want to, not because they have to.”

“Black & Veatch made presentations to all site contractors, organized labor trades and craftsmen, recognizing them for their efforts in establishing best safety practices at the project site,” said Black & Veatch Vice President, Loss Management Paul Weida.

In lieu of a celebratory luncheon following the award presentation, Black & Veatch’s workers asked that donations be made to the Boys and Girls Club of Volusia County and the Salvation Army.

At the ceremony, two checks in the amount of $10,000 each were presented to Joe Sullivan and Patricia Northey on behalf of the Boys and Girls Club and to Maj. David Craddock on behalf of the Salvation Army.

The project, which began in February 2000, has recorded 2,451,180 man-hours with no serious injuries. According to OSHA, 600 out of a possible 6.5 million businesses in the United States have achieved the OSHA Star. Following the presentation, the Sanford repowering project became one of only 26 construction projects in the nation that is a designated Star site and the only OSHA Star site in Florida.

FPL and Black & Veatch also were partners in winning an OSHA Star “Performance” award earlier this year for another FPL Florida repowering site in Fort Myers. The construction underway at FPL’s Sanford plant site in Florida consists of a repowering conversion of two 1970s conventional oil-fired units into two state-of-the-art, 4-on-1 natural gas-fired combined cycle generating units.

The conversion will double the output of the units to 1,940 megawatts.

About Black & Veatch

Black & Veatch Corporation is a global engineering, construction and consulting firm specializing in infrastructure development in the fields of energy, water and information. Founded in 1915, Black & Veatch serves its clients with conceptual and preliminary engineering services, engineering design, procurement, construction, financial management, asset management, information technology, environmental and management consulting services. Headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., the employee-owned company has more than 90 offices worldwide. Black & Veatch is ranked 80th on the Forbes “500 Top Private Companies in the U.S.” listing for 2001.

About FPL

Florida Power & Light Company is the principal subsidiary of FPL Group, Inc., one of the nation’s largest providers of electricity-related services with annual revenues of more than $8 billion. The company serves 3.9 million customer accounts in Florida. FPL Energy, LLC, a FPL Group energy generating subsidiary, is a leader in producing electricity from clean and renewable fuels. Additional information is available on the Internet at

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