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DVL Awarded 2023 Governor’s Award for Safety Excellence

Jodi Holland, Marketing Manager, DVL Group, Inc.
DVL Awarded 2023 Governor’s Award for Safety Excellence

During a ceremony on December 19th at DVL Group’s Bristol headquarters, Gerald “Jerry” Mullery (Deputy Secretary, Compensation & Insurance, PA Department of Labor & Industry) presented Tony O’Hare (DVL’s Safety and Compliance Manager) with the 2023 Governor’s Award for Safety Excellence (GASE), on behalf of the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry. O’Hare accepted the award on behalf of DVL. The data center infrastructure implementation company is only one of seven companies state-wide to receive this honor this year, and it is their efforts to protect workers and prevent workplace injuries and illnesses that garnered them this recognition. In addition, it is the first employee owned company to ever receive this award. Also, in attendance, were Marianne Saylor (Director) and Sean Trepiccione (Chief of Health & Safety Division), of the Pennsylvania Bureau of Workers Compensation.

As Mullery noted, “recipients of this award have implemented safety programs that produce tangible impact in the workplace,” and that it is “only given to companies who demonstrate better than industry average injury rates, innovative safety measures, excellent labor management commitment, community involvement, and outstanding safety programs.” Furthermore, he mentioned that they were impressed by DVL’s apprenticeship program, as well as their “Good Catch” forms, which proactively identifies hazards and documents near misses.

The award comes months after DVL unveiled their own Safety motto, “Stay Alert – Don’t Get Hurt”. As a Core Value of DVL’s, Safety is emphasized every day at the company’s five offices nationwide, as well as at all worksites. In addition, all DVL Associates are given the “Stop Work Authority,” and are permitted to stop work in the office or in the field if a perceived unsafe condition or behavior may result in an unwanted event, that could cause harm to themselves, a customer, a partner, or anyone in the community. 



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