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USU's Space Dynamics Laboratory Honored for Workplace Safety

The Worker’s Compensation Fund of Utah honored Utah State University’s Space Dynamics Laboratory with a Charles A. Caine Safety Award for providing a safe working environment for its workforce. SDL was one of 15 state recipients of the award given in summer 2008.

Workers Compensation Fund is Utah’s premier workers’ compensation insurance provider, promoting workplace safety to more than 30,000 Utah companies. The Charles A. Caine Safety Awards are given annually to Utah companies that are leaders in workplace safety. Some are large employers from metropolitan areas, while others are smaller companies from Utah’s more rural regions.
 
The Utah Labor Commission reported that in 2007, there were 67,907 work-related injuries reported and 65 fatalities.

“Workplace injuries can take a significant toll on workers, their families and their employers,” said Ray D. Pickup, WCF’s newly appointed president and CEO. “While reported accidents were down in 2007, fatalities were up. If every Utahn can commit to making a difference in workplace safety this year, we can prevent the unnecessary pain and costs related to workplace injuries.”
 
SDL designs and builds instrumentation for customers such as NASA and the U.S. Department of Defense and is one of only 12 university affiliated research centers in the nation. It has designed and fabricated more than 400 payloads, including shuttle experiments, small satellites and satellite-based sensor systems.
 
SDL is headquartered on USU’s Innovation Campus in North Logan, Utah. Its facilities encompass a six-building, 200,000 square foot research complex that includes a state-of-the-art machine shop, several class-100 clean rooms with full contamination control services, high-bay integration areas, office and conference space and a calibration facility currently undergoing upgrades to make it one of the most comprehensive in the nation.
 
For more information about the Space Dynamics Laboratory visit its Web site.
 
Contacts: Karen Wolfe, USU Space Dynamics Laboratory, 435-797-4622,

[karen.wolfe@sdl.usu.edu]
Peggy Larsen, Workers Compensation Fund, 801-288-8328,  [pjlarsen@wcfgroup.com]

SDL lab and worker

Researchers and USU students get hands-on experience working in the precision optics clean room at SDL. The lab was honored in 2008 by the Worker's Compensation Fund of Utah for providing a safe working environment for its workforce.

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