Bell Helicopter Named One of America’s Safest Companies by EHS Today

September 14, 2012

Fort Worth, TX - September 14, 2012 - EHS Today, a magazine for environment, health and safety leaders, has selected Bell Helicopter as one of America's Safest Companies. This is the second time Bell Helicopter has been awarded this distinction which honors companies who have clearly demonstrated a commitment to employee safety and health, environment management and risk control.

"This award acknowledges the investments we have made in safeguarding our machines, improving our facilities, and providing enhanced safety training for our employees and our leadership," says John Garrison, president and CEO of Bell Helicopter. "It represents the personal accountability and commitment each employee has made to speak up for safety by reporting potentially unsafe conditions, participating in safety walks and looking out for colleagues."

Bell Helicopter is a leader in safety performance with 70 percent less OSHA recordable injuries as compared to the aerospace manufacturing industry average. The company joins ABB Inc., BASF Corp., General Cable, Honeywell Aerospace, Life Technologies, URS, and Total Safety in receiving the America's Safest Companies designation this year.

"We are very enthusiastic about this year's group of America's Safest Companies," said Sandy Smith, editor-in-chief of EHS Today. "They are transformational safety leaders. They might not call what they do transformational, but we do. They have no interest in being average or in having just compliance with federal regulations as a goal. They strive to be world-class."

To be considered one of America's Safest Companies by EHS Today, companies must demonstrate transformational EHS leadership in the form of management support and employee involvement; innovative solutions to safety challenges; injury and illness rates lower than the average for their industries; comprehensive training programs; evidence that prevention of incidents is the cornerstone of the safety process; excellent communication internally and externally about the value of safety; and a way to substantiate the benefits of the safety process.

About Bell Helicopter
Bell Helicopter, a wholly owned subsidiary of Textron Inc., is an industry-leading producer of commercial and military, manned and unmanned vertical-lift aircraft and the pioneer of the revolutionary tiltrotor aircraft. Globally recognized for world-class customer service, innovation and superior quality, Bell's global workforce serves customers flying Bell aircraft in more than 120 countries.

About Textron Inc.
Textron Inc. is a multi-industry company that leverages its global network of aircraft, defense, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron is known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell Helicopter, Cessna Aircraft Company, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, and Textron Systems. More information is available at www.textron.com.

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