Perdue Garners Nearly Two Dozen Awards for Outstanding Safety Performance
Salisbury, Md. (Wednesday, August 24, 2016) — Perdue Farms’ facilities in 11 states, including a dozen of the company’s food-producing plants, were recognized by the Joint Industry Safety and Health Council for consistently implementing innovative and effective safety and health processes and systems. Perdue received the awards at the 2016 National Safety Conference for the Poultry Industry in Destin Beach, Fla. Perdue facilities received the highest number of awards given by the Council.
“At Perdue Farms, our safety programs create a culture of safety engagement that involves all of our associates,” said Randy Day, Chief Operating Officer. “Annually, we set goals around people, products, planet and productivity, and we always put people first in that equation. We believe there’s nothing more important than providing a safe, supportive and healthy working environment where our associates can be successful and return safely to their families at the end of the workday.”
The company’s food-producing facilities that received Awards of Distinction — the Council’s highest honor — include plants in Accomac, Va., Concord, N.C., Cromwell, Ky., Dillon, S.C., Georgetown, Del., Monterey, Tenn., Rockingham, N.C., and two plants in Perry, Ga. This marks the fifth straight year the Concord, Dillon, Georgetown, Monterey, Rockingham and both Perry plants have earned the Award of Distinction. The company’s hatcheries in Cromwell, Dillon, Hurlock, Md., Lakeview, Calif., and Murfreesboro, N.C., also received the Award of Distinction.
The award criteria required these facilities to maintain their key Occupational Safety and Health Administration safety metrics — Total Recordable Incident Rate (TRIR), Days Away, Restricted or Transferred (DART), and Lost Work Day Incident Rate (LWDIR) — at levels at least 50 percent better than the industry average for three consecutive years. Award consideration was also based on each facility’s written explanation of its safety programs and processes.
Facilities that were recognized with the Award of Honor, include food-producing plants in Bridgewater, Va., and Lewiston, N.C., along with feed mills in Forsyth, Ga., and Salisbury, Md., and a hatchery in Westover, Md. These facilities maintained their OSHA safety metrics at least 25 percent better than the industry for at least three straight years. The Bridgewater plant is a four-time recipient of the award.
In addition, Perdue facilities received the Award of Merit for maintaining their OSHA safety metrics at least 25 percent better than the industry for at least two consecutive years. Those locations included a foods-producing plant in Milford, Del, and feed mills in Elkin, N.C., and Washington, Ind.
Award consideration was based on injury statistics over three years and an evaluation of written applications by an independent panel of judges.
“These 23 facilities are recognized based on performance and their world-class business practices related to safety processes,” said Frank Cruice, senior director of corporate safety and security for Perdue Farms. “Just to qualify for considered by the Council for the Award of Distinction, each site had to maintain key OSHA safety metrics of at least 50 percent better than the poultry industry average for three consecutive years. This track record validates our associates’ commitment to ensure the safety of each other, and highlights the strength of our safety processes.”
Perdue is a leader in workplace safety
Perdue is a leader in workplace safety among the poultry industry 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 nationwide lost-time rate for all manufacturing industries combined for that same year was 1.00 cases per 100 workers annually, while Perdue’s companywide rate during that year was 0.19 cases per 100 associates. As of July 2016, Perdue’s lost-time rate was 0.28 cases per 100 associates.
Perdue’s companywide OSHA Total Recordable Incident Rate is 2.51 as compared to the current Poultry Industry rate of 4.30, and is also better than the Goods Producing rate of 4.00.
About the Joint Industry Safety and Health Council
The Joint Industry Safety and Health Council comprises members from the U.S. Poultry and Egg Association, National Chicken Council and National Turkey Federation. Combined, these three organizations represent companies that produce 95 percent of the nation’s poultry products and employ more 350,000 workers.
About Perdue Farms
We’re a third-generation, family owned, U.S. food and agriculture company. Through our belief in responsible food and agriculture, we are empowering consumers, customers and farmers through trusted choices in products and services.
We focus on continuously improving everything we do, constantly learning, and sharing those insights across different production methods. That innovative approach is driving change throughout the company and onto farms. This continuous advancement is leading us toward our vision of becoming the most trusted name in food and agricultural products.
The PERDUE® brand is the number-one brand of fresh chicken in the U.S., and Perdue AgriBusiness is an international agricultural products and services company. As we approach our 100th anniversary in 2020, our path forward is about getting better, not just bigger. We never use drugs for growth promotion in raising poultry and livestock, and we are actively advancing our animal welfare programs. Our brands are leaders in no-antibiotics-ever chicken, turkey and pork, and in USDA-certified organic chicken. We’ve increased our support for the family farm by creating new markets, including specialty crops. Through agricultural services, we give farmers more options for the acre, including conversion to organic production and products and services that increase the sustainability of conventional agriculture. Learn more at www.perduefarms.com