Salisbury, Md. (October 2, 2012) — Associates at Perdue’s Salisbury processing plant achieved a safety milestone on August, 24, 2012 after working two million production hours without experiencing an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recordable lost-time case. Counting toward the milestone began in June 2010.
To celebrate, the operation’s 580 associates were served lunch on Sept. 21. They also received from Perdue a commemorative T-shirt in recognition of their achievement.
“There is a lot of tradition in the Salisbury processing facility. One is a commitment to safety that we share with the rest of the company, said Anthony Macer, plant manager. “I am proud of the entire team, past and present, for their dedication to safety.”
The Salisbury processing operation operation includes associates from the processing plant, live haul drivers and wastewater treatment plant.
According to Macer, 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 Maryland 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 Maryland industries combined was 2.1 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 1.2 per 100 workers annually, while Perdue’s companywide rate during that year was 0.15 per 100 associates. As of September 2012, Perdue’s lost-time rate was 0.17 per 100 associates.
Perdue’s companywide OSHA Total Recordable Incident Rate is 2.68 as compared to the current Poultry Industry rate of 5.90, 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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