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CONTACT: MILISSA REIERSON
JULY 17, 2008
(615) 741-2257
 


PERDUE FARMS RECEIVES COMMISSIONER’S AWARD OF EXCELLENCE
COMPANY WORKS MORE THAN 19 MILLION HOURS WITHOUT A lost –time INCIDENT

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner James Neeley announced that Perdue Farms in Monterey 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.

"We’re proud to recognize Perdue Farms’ ongoing commitment to health and safety and are pleased to present the Commissioner’s Award of Excellence for Workplace Safety and Health for the second consecutive year," said Commissioner Neeley, who presented the Commissioner’s Award of Excellence to company representatives today. “The Perdue employee team clearly practices safety programs on a daily basis.”

 

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.

 

Perdue Farms employs nearly 1,800 associates in Monterey, Tennessee. The facility qualified for the Commissioner’s Award by working more than one-million man-hours without a lost-time incident, for the year 2007. The plant continues to work safely and has now surpassed 19 millions man-hours without a lost time incident, dating back to 2003. This marks the second straight year Perdue has received this award.

 

“Our associates work hard to ensure a safe work environment and I am pleased to see their efforts recognized this way,” said Jeff Beckman, 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 everyday striving to maintain a safe work environment.”

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 Purdue Farms is presented with the Commissioners Award of Excellence: Cutline: L-R Steve Hawkins, TOSHA Assistant Administrator, James Neeley, Commissioner of TDLWD, John Winkler, TOSHA Administrator, Chuck Stephens, Safety Manager and Jerry Layne, Complex H.R. Manager.

 

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