GEORGETOWN — Associates at Perdue’s Georgetown operation achieved a safety milestone March 5, 2017, with one million production hours without experiencing an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recordable lost-time case.
Counting toward the milestone began Oct. 2, 2016.
To celebrate, the operation held a barbecue luncheon for all associates.
“This is an awesome achievement for the Georgetown operations and all of the associates who made it happen,” said Sam Rascona, Perdue’s director of operations at the Georgetown facility. “This accomplishment, which everyone should take pride in, is the first of many safety milestones our operation is working towards. We have a dedicated and committed management team, hourly safety teams, associate coaches, along with all other associates who have proven that we can achieve expected results by working together.”
Perdue has a standard, company-wide safety program that encourages active employee participation and input.
Associates take part in safety committees, which meet regularly to discuss safety issues, as well as perform safety inspections before the start of each shift. Associates have the authority to stop production or prevent start-up if any unsafe condition exists.
In addition, every associate attends safety awareness training, and is encouraged to look for and report any potential hazard.
Perdue is a leader in workplace safety
Perdue is a leader in workplace safety among all Delaware industries and all industries nationwide combined. According to statistics released by the U.S. Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, during their most recently reported year in 2015, the lost-time rate for all Delaware goods-producing industries combined was 0.80 per 100 workers.
According to those same Bureau of Labor statistics, the nationwide lost-time rate for all goods-producing industries combined for that same year was 1.10 per 100 workers annually, while Perdue’s company-wide rate during that year was 0.19 per 100 associates. As of March 2017, Perdue’s lost-time rate was 0.28 per 100 associates.
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