Hypertherm was named an OSHA Voluntary Protection Program “Star” worksite.

Fewer than 2,200 worksites across the country have earned the designation from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

The United States Department of Labor program recognizes organizations that have outstanding safety and health practices. Organizations must maintain injury and illness rates that are significantly below U.S. government averages for their industries. For 2010, Hypertherm’s rate is less than one incident per 100 full-time associates, compared with an industry average of nearly eight incidents per 100 workers.

To congratulate Hypertherm, U.S. Department of Labor Assistant Secretary David Michaels and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Training and Education Gerri Fiala paid a “virtual” visit to Hypertherm’s New Hampshire location.

Michaels and Fiala spoke to hundreds of Hypertherm workers and state officials via online video conference from Washington, D.C.

“Providing for the well-being of Hypertherm’s associates has been a critical piece of Hypertherm’s mission statement for as long as Hypertherm has had a mission statement,” said Barbara Couch, Hypertherm’s vice president of corporate social responsibility. “These are not simply words on posters. These are words we try to bring to life every day. Providing for the well being of our associates means a lot, but most importantly it means that we need to make certain - absolutely certain - that our associates are safe in every job, in every space, at every location at every moment. No one should ever be injured at work.”