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JULY 17, 2008
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NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner James Neeley announced that Eaton Aeroquip, Inc. in Gainesboro was chosen to receive the Commissioner’s Award of Excellence for Workplace Safety. The award was given today at the 31st Annual Tennessee Safety and Health Congress held at the Gaylord Opryland in Nashville.

"Eaton Aeroquip has demonstrated strong commitment to maintaining a safe and healthy workplace," said Commissioner Neeley, who presented the Commissioner’s Award of Excellence to the company today. “The evaluation criteria for this award are challenging, and this company has worked extremely hard to meet and exceed the standards the award requires.”


The Commissioner’s Award honors Tennessee employers and their employees who together have achieved a required number of hours worked without experiencing a lost workday case and have maintained total injury and illness incidence rates below the national average. The number of hours required is based on the size of the company.


Eaton Aeroquip is a hydraulic hose fitting company that employs 106 people in Gainesboro, Tennessee. The facility has qualified for the Commissioner’s Award by working more than 300,000 man hours without a lost time or injury. This injury free record dates back to July 2006. In 2005 they received the Governor’s Award and in 2006 they received the Commissioner’s Award.


“For the last several years, our Gainesboro employees have continued to make safety a top priority,” said Wes Thompson, plant manager of Eaton’s Gainesboro facility. “This tremendous achievement by our team demonstrates their commitment to sustaining an injury-free workplace.  Their track record is impressive, and it’s gratifying that both Eaton and the State of Tennessee are recognizing their efforts."

The Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Safety Awards Program is designed to stimulate interest in accident prevention and to promote safety. The program recognizes manufacturing and construction firms throughout the state that achieve and maintain a safe and healthful workplace.

To obtain an application or additional information on the Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health (TOSHA) Safety Awards Program, contact the safety grant manager in Nashville at (800) 325-9901 or (615) 741-5281.

Photo Attached is from the Awards Ceremony at the Safety Congress when Eaton Aeroquip, Inc. is presented with the Commissioners Award of Excellence: Cutline: L-R Bruce Rhoton, MESH Associate/CIT, Steve Hawkins, TOSHA Assistant Administrator, James Neeley, Commissioner of TDLWD, Marty Rich, Operator/Safety Committee Member, Gary Haggitt, Operator/Safety Committee Member, John Winkler, TOSHA Administrator and Jim McCoy EHS/Facilities Manager.


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