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MRO safety award goes to Delta Air Lines

Atlanta, Ga. -- Delta Air Lines' Technical Operations division has received the 2003 Maintenance, Repair and Overha...


Atlanta, Ga. — Delta Air Lines’ Technical Operations division has received the 2003 Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) Safety Award for outstanding commitment to workplace safety through the use of effective and modern techniques, processes, procedures or actions.

“We engender a culture of health and safety within the TechOps organization, a culture that has helped it sustain an injury and illness rate which is 81% below the national average,” said Ray Valeika, Delta’s senior vice-president, Technical Operations.

“Our efforts have reduced injury costs by approximately $3 million since 1999 and today we have 32 more people working at TechOps every day because they are not sick or injured.”

The MRO Safety award was presented to TechOps by Aviation Week Sept. 16 during an awards ceremony at the 2003 MRO Europe conference in Cardiff, Wales. The award also recognized Greg Mears, general manager of TechOps’ Safety, for his dedication and leadership in overseeing the implementation of the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) initiative.

Delta’s Technical Operations division, staffed by more than 10,000 maintenance professionals from around the world, provides maintenance and engineering support services for Delta’s fleet of aircraft in addition to a number of customer aircraft. Services range from project engineering to comprehensive turnkey agreements that provide all aircraft maintenance services to customers.