The MANN+HUMMEL Allen Plant has received the Gold-Level Award from the North Carolina Department of Labor for having lower than 50 percent injuries compared to the state and national average.
“Protecting our employees is one of our biggest priorities. We take pride in creating safe environments across all our locations and making sure our team has the resources they need,” said Paul Caulford, health, safety and environment manager for MANN+HUMMEL. “We are committed to further improving the plant settings and the well-being of our employees. It’s an honor to be presented with this award and we’ll continue to strive toward constructing safe spaces.”
To qualify for the Annual Safety Awards, a firm must have no fatalities during the calendar year at the site or location for which the award was given. In addition, it must have maintained an incidence rate at least 50 percent below the average for its particular industry group.
Two award levels – Gold and Silver – are distributed on a yearly basis. The Gold Award is based on the days away, restricted, transferred (DART) rate, which includes cases of days away from work, restricted activity or job transfer, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
Since coming under MANN+HUMMEL ownership, the Allen Plant has undergone various safety upgrades such as a new health center, extended hours for an on-site nurse and a new classroom for production basics and training. Additional improvements include updated risk assessments for all plant processes and safety visual aids that include risks associated with each job.