PORTLAND, Ore.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Erickson Air-Crane Incorporated (NASDAQ:EAC; “Erickson” or “the Company”), a leading global provider of aviation services to a diverse mix of commercial and government customers, and the vertically-integrated manufacturer and operator of the powerful heavy-lift Erickson S-64 Aircrane helicopter, announced today that it has been awarded the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (“SHARP”) Designation, for the sixth year in a row, resulting in graduation from the program.
SHARP is a voluntary OSHA compliance program, requiring stringent annual audits from Oregon-OSHA. SHARP was developed to provide employers with coaching and direction so that they could learn to more effectively manage workplace safety and health and, in turn, be recognized for their achievement. Out of 90,000 employers in the State of Oregon, there are 44 active SHARP companies and an additional 124 companies that have graduated from the program. On December 9th, 10th and 11th, Oregon-OSHA consultants conducted Erickson’s successful SHARP audit, resulting in the company’s graduation from the program. Erickson is currently one of only two Oregon aviation companies to have graduated from the SHARP program.
Udo Rieder, Chief Executive Officer of Erickson, commented, “This SHARP designation represents a significant milestone for our organization, and speaks to safety remaining a core value at Erickson. I’d like to congratulate every Erickson employee who helped make this accomplishment possible—not only achieving SHARP certification, but ultimately maintaining and graduating from the program.”
A SHARP employer is defined as an employer who has successfully incorporated safety and health management principles into their workplace. Erickson continues to lead by example in maintaining a safe, efficient workplace environment that both attracts and protects the most talented employees and assures customers of reliable performance. The company’s proactive safety measures help employees find and correct hazards, develop and implement effective safety and health programs, continuously improve, and become self- sufficient in managing occupational safety and health.
Erickson is a leading global provider of aviation services to a diverse mix of commercial and government customers. Erickson currently operates a diverse fleet of 90 rotary-wing and fixed wing aircraft, including a fleet of 20 heavy-lift S-64 Aircranes. This fleet supports a wide and worldwide variety of government and commercial customers, across a broad range of aerial services, including critical supply and logistics for deployed military forces, humanitarian relief, firefighting, timber harvesting, infrastructure construction, and crewing. Erickson also maintains a vertical manufacturing capability for the S-64 Aircrane, related components, and other aftermarket support and maintenance, repair, and overhaul services for the S-64 Aircrane and other aircraft.
Founded in 1971, Erickson is headquartered in Portland, Oregon and maintains facilities and operations in North America, South America, the Middle East, Africa and Asia-Pacific. For more information, please visit www.ericksonaviation.com.
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