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Perdue’s Dillon operation associates achieve safety milestone

Salisbury, Md. (Monday, November 14, 2016) — Associates at Perdue’s Dillon operation achieved a safety milestone on Oct. 16, 2016, after working a record eight million production hours without experiencing an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recordable lost-time case. Counting toward the milestone began in November 2012.

To celebrate, the operation is recognizing associates with a milestone sweatshirt and a meal.

“This is a significant achievement for the Dillon operations and our associates who made it happen,” said Randy Brown, Dillon’s director of operations. “This accomplishment sets a record for our operation and everyone should take pride in it.  It is a result of everyone working together at the Dillon operation, our management team, hourly safety teams, along with each individual associate.”

Perdue has a standard, companywide safety program that encourages active associate 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 receives regular 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 Tennessee 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 2014, the lost-time rate for all Tennessee goods producing industries combined was 1.00 per 100 workers.

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 companywide rate during that year was 0.19 per 100 associates. As of September 2016, Perdue’s lost-time rate was 0.28 per 100 associates.

Perdue’s companywide OSHA Total Recordable Incident Rate is 2.39 as compared to the current Poultry Industry rate of 4.30, and are also better than the General Manufacturing rate of 4.00.


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