Delmarva producers claim safety awards at conference

by | Aug 30, 2019

Mountaire Farms’ Westover, Md., feed mill was one of the company’s seven facilities to receive safety awards from the Joint Industry Safety and Health Council. (Photo courtesy Mountaire Farms)

DESTIN, Fla. — During the 2019 National Safety Conference for the Poultry Industry, a record 230 chicken and turkey facilities received safety awards by the Joint Industry Safety & Health Council, several among them in Delaware, Maryland and Virginia.
The companies were honored in recognition of their outstanding performance through the implementation of innovative and effective employee safety and health programs.
“We received the most applications ever for this year’s safety award program. It is impressive to see so many companies implementing new and innovative programs to promote safety in their facilities,” said Mick Berning, associate vice president of environmental, health and safety at Cargill and chair of the Joint Industry Safety & Health Council.
Mountaire Farms received awards for five facilities on Delmarva and seven overall.
“We make safety a priority in everything we do,” said Mountaire President Phillip Plylar. “This recognition just reinforces that and we are so proud of our team who work hard to ensure everyone’s safety.”
Seven of Perdue Farms’ Delmarva facilities were recognized with awards and three of Allen Harim’s facilities received awards
“Workplace safety is an imperative at Perdue that includes an uncompromising commitment from our company and an ongoing safety culture that engages all of our associates,” said Randy Day, chief executive officer of Perdue Farms. “These awards reflect company goals that put people first and our associates’ dedication to workplace safety. We’re proud of our teams’ accomplishments and focus on continuous improvement.”
The council consists of members from the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, the National Chicken Council and the National Turkey Federation. Collectively, the three organizations represent companies that produce 95% of the nation’s poultry products and directly employ more than 350,000 workers.
Based on the latest data available from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the slaughter and poultry processing Occupational Safety & Health Administration total recordable illness and injury rate for 2017 was 3.8 cases per 100 full-time workers.
The 2017 rate of 3.8 represents an outstanding 83-percent decrease from 1994.
Award consideration was based on injury statistics over three years and an evaluation of written applications by academia and other safety experts.
The highest level of recognition, “Award of Distinction,” went to 122 facilities.
The other categories include “Award of Honor” and “Award of Merit.”
Here are the Delmarva region companies and facilities that received awards.
Awards of Distinction
• Allen Harim LLC: Seaford Hatchery; Cobb-Vantress, Inc.; Princess Anne Processing; Mountaire Farms, Inc.; Westover Md., Feed Mill; Princess Anne, Md. Hatchery; Selbyville, Del. Processing; Millsboro, Del. Feed Mill; Millsboro, Del. Processing.
• Perdue Farms: Accomac, Va. Harvest; Bridgewater, Va. Further Processing; Georgetown, Del. Harvest; Milford, Del. Harvest; Westover, Md. Hatchery #10; Salisbury, Md. Hatchery #3; Pilgrim’s Corp; Harrisonburg, Va. Feed Mill; Broadway, Va. Clearview Hatchery.
Awards of Honor
• Allen Harim LLC: Dagsboro Hatchery; Seaford Feed Mill. 
• Perdue Farms: Bridgeville, Del. Feed Mill.
• Pilgrim’s Corp.: Broadway, Va. Processing.
Awards of Merit
• River Valley Ingredients; Portsmouth, Va. Blend Mill.

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