Press Release: 05.13.2014

Arizona OSHA Presents Voluntary Protection Program

The Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health (ADOSH) Consultation Department presents the City of Chandler Airport Water Reclamation Facility as a “STAR Site” through the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP).

McCarthy is currently managing a large-scale expansion project at the site, taking the facility from a 15 MGD wastewater treatment plant to 22 MGD. The $105 million project, located at 905 E. Queen Creek Road in Chandler, is slated for completion in September 2014. Companies and jobsites that are awarded the STAR designation demonstrate exemplary and comprehensive safety and health management systems. This marks the first city of Chandler owned facility to receive STAR designation by ADOSH. 

VPP is the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) highest program of safety recognition across all United States OSHA organizations. It recognizes employers and workers in private and federal workplaces who have exemplified effective safety and health management systems to achieve injury and illness rates more than 50 percent below the national average.

“The Chandler Airport Wastewater Treatment Facility is a great example of a safe working environment,” said Jessie Atencio, assistant director and consultation and training program manager for ADOSH. “Their team should be proud to be the first wastewater treatment facility in the state to be recognized as a VPP site.”

To qualify for VPP status, employers must submit an application to OSHA and undergo an onsite evaluation by a team of safety and health professionals. VPP participants and sites earning the “STAR Site” designation are re-evaluated every three to five years in order to remain in the program. VPP participants are exempt from OSHA programmed inspections while they maintain their VPP status.

“McCarthy’s detailed planning has allowed the project to thrive during the construction and execution of high risk tie-in and bypass activities,” said John Pinkston, Wastewater Facilities Superintendent for the City of Chandler. “Safety is the highest priority for McCarthy. Their safety record is outstanding and results in a safe workplace for City of Chandler employees.”

Currently, 34 Arizona companies are VPP “Stars”. McCarthy is one of only three general contractors to receive this safety recognition in Arizona.

Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health (ADOSH) operates under an approved plan with the U.S. Department of Labor to retain jurisdiction over occupational safety and health issues within Arizona, excluding mining operations, Indian Reservations, and federal employees. This jurisdiction encompasses approximately 2.1 million employees and 130,000 public and private establishments. More information on ADOSH, Consultation Partnership Programs and the Industrial Commission of Arizona is available at

About McCarthy
McCarthy has a diverse roster of heavy/civil projects across the country. The Water Services team in the Southwest offers general contracting, construction management, program management and design-build services for wastewater and water treatment projects in Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico and Texas. The team also covers construction projects in the mining, industrial, and alternative and traditional energy markets. The McCarthy Southwest Division is based in Phoenix. McCarthy also has offices in St. Louis, Atlanta; Kansas City, Kan.; Las Vegas; Dallas, Houston; Albuquerque; San Diego, Newport Beach, San Francisco, San Jose and Sacramento, Calif.; Collinsville, Ill.; and Portage, Ind. McCarthy is 100 percent employee owned. More information about the company’s history is available by following the company on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+.

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