South Carolina recognizes Perdue Dillon operation for safety milestones
Salisbury, Md. (Friday, March 9, 2012) — The South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (LLR) and the South Carolina Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) have recognized Perdue Farms’ operation in Dillon, S.C., for its workplace safety record. This recognition comes at the same time the Dillon associates achieved three million consecutive production hours without incurring an OSHA lost-time injury accident in February.
“I applaud Perdue and its employees for their safety record,” said Catherine Templeton, director of the S.C. Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. “Less than 1 percent of employers in the state reach one million safe work hours, so reaching three million hours is outstanding. Perdue obviously recognizes that workplace safety is a full-time job.”
The Perdue Dillon operation received South Carolina LLR/OSHA Safety Achievement Awards for reducing its injury and illness incidence rate by 40 percent from 2010-2011, and for achieving a Total Recordable Incident Rate (TRIR) that is at least 75 percent better than the state’s average industry rate for the same period. Perdue’s incidence rate was 3.27 per 100 workers as compared to the state rate of 6.9.
Perdue also received a Safety Achievement Award for reaching more than two million hours in 2011 without a lost-time injury accident. Since then, the associates have surpassed three million hours.
To celebrate the milestone, the Perdue management team treated associates to cake and ice cream. This marks the fifth time in the history of the Dillon facility the associates surpassed three million hours. In fact, they achieved a facility record 5.8 million hours in 2004.
“Our associates work hard to ensure a safe work environment and I am pleased to see their efforts recognized in this way,” said Randy Brown, Perdue director of operations. “Our safety programs are designed to create a ‘culture of safety’ that involves every associate. The most important part of creating a safe workplace is the ongoing dedication of our associates who come to work every day with safety top of mind.”
According to Brown, 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.
“Our Dillon associates should take pride in achieving these outstanding safety records and receiving the recognition from the state of South Carolina,” said Jim Perdue, chairman of Perdue. “It is each individual’s commitment to work safely for themselves, their co-workers and for their families that creates a safe work environment for everyone.”
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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