Perdue’s Washington operation associates achieve safety milestone
Salisbury, Md. (Friday, March 9, 2012) — Associates at Perdue’s Washington operation celebrated a safety milestone on Friday, Feb. 24, after working four million production hours without experiencing an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recordable lost-time case. Counting toward the milestone began in November 2009.
To celebrate, the operation’s 943 associates were served lunch and each associate received from Perdue a commemorative T-shirt, sweatshirt, or other gift in recognition of their achievement.
“It is very important to recognize that it was our associates who made this happen,” said Steve Zeller, manager of the Perdue plant. “Perdue has a strong safety program, but it takes the cooperation and commitment of all of our associates to make it work.”
The Washington operation includes associates from the processing plant and feed mill in Washington, hatchery in Vincennes and breeder operations in Thorntown.
According to Zeller, Perdue has a standard, companywide 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 Indiana 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 2010, the lost-time rate for all Indiana industries combined was 2.0 per 100 workers.
According to those same Bureau of Labor statistics, the nationwide lost-time rate for all industries combined for that same year was 1.9 per 100 workers annually, while Perdue’s companywide rate during that year was 0.15 per 100 associates. As of February 2012, Perdue’s lost-time rate was .15 per 100 associates.
Perdue’s companywide OSHA Total Recordable Incident Rate is 2.68 as compared to the current Poultry Industry rate of 5.80, and is also better than the General Manufacturing rate of 4.30.
The Perdue Family of Companies includes Perdue Farms, Perdue AgriBusiness, and our shared services organizations. Since our beginning on Arthur Perdue’s farm in 1920, through expansion into agribusiness and the introduction of the PERDUE® brand of chicken and turkey under Frank Perdue, to today’s third-generation of family leadership with Chairman Jim Perdue, we’ve remained a family-owned company dedicated to making Perdue the most-trusted name in food and agricultural products. At the Perdue Family of Companies, we believe in responsible food and agriculture™.
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