SALISBURY, Md. — Associates at the Perdue Foods’ operation in Lewiston-Woodville, N.C.., recently received two workplace safety awards from the North Carolina Department of Labor.
The more than 1,800 associates were recognized for working 9 million consecutive production hours without an Occupational Safety & Health Administration lost-time injury from June 27, 2012 to Jan. 16, 2015. Since then, the associates have surpassed 10 million consecutive hours for the second time in the operation’s history.
They also received the Commissioner’s Gold Award for no lost workdays and a DART rate that was at least 50 percent below the statewide rate for its industry for the second year in a row. The DART rate includes cases of days away from work, restricted activity or job transfer. For 2014, Perdue’s DART rate was 0.89 per 100 workers.
“It’s really an honor for me to travel throughout the state and recognize employers such as Perdue who are making a commitment to their employees,” said Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry. “These employers are helping to make North Carolina workplaces some of the safest in the nation.”
“At Perdue, we have a very strong safety program, but it’s important to recognize that it was our associates, and their daily commitment to working safely, who made this happen,” said Jeff Stalls, Perdue director of operations in Lewiston. “We encourage active participation and input from our associates to ensure we maintain a safe work environment. Associates have the authority to stop production or prevent start-up if any unsafe condition exists. Additionally, every associate attends safety awareness training, and is encouraged to look for and report any potential hazard.”