Lockheed Martin Helps Improve Boeing Worker Safety

RICHLAND, Wash., 02/19/2009 --

Lockheed Martin [NYSE:LMT] is about to complete a $3.5 million contract with the Boeing Corporation to provide a communication safety system for aircraft assembly workers who are required to work in confined spaces.

Through development of a system called LMsafelinkā„¢, Lockheed Martin was able to help Boeing meet requirements of the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The new cost-effective, innovative system's integration of technologies meshed with other Boeing efforts to meet its emerging growth needs.

LMsafelink provides a wireless voice and data lifeline for workers in confined, hazardous or isolated environments, such as inside an airplane wing, by connecting them to a central monitoring station.

Facilitated by a two-way radio carried by a worker, the system keeps tabs on the worker's location, automatically checking health status and sending alerts when a worker needs help or does not respond. Monitors can query workers for status and send alerts such as "Exit," "Take Cover" or "Evacuate" to a single worker or a group. In an emergency situation, responders can immediately locate a worker in stress and have information on what chemicals are in that space.

The LMsafelink contract was awarded to Lockheed Martin in August 2006. It was installed at Boeing's Everett, Wash., facility in December 2008, and is scheduled to go active in March at the Long Beach, Calif., plant. The system will be operational in June at Boeing's Renton, Wash. site.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security company that employs about 146,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The corporation reported 2008 sales of $42.7 billion.