The Joint Industry Safety and Health Council honored 92 chicken and turkey facilities for outstanding safety performance through the implementation of innovative and effective employee safety and health programs. The annual safety awards were presented on August 21 during the 2013 National Safety Conference for the Poultry Industry held in Amelia Island, Fla.

The Joint Industry Safety and Health Council consists of members from U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, National Chicken Council and National Turkey Federation. Collectively, the three organizations represent companies that produce 95 percent of the nation's poultry products and employ more than 350,000 workers.

"We would like to congratulate these facilities and their management teams. These awards recognize outstanding safety performance achievement as a result of their effective and innovative programs. The noteworthy and consistent decrease in illness and injury rates among poultry's workforce over the last two decades is a direct result of their compelling dedication to worker safety," the council said in a statement.

Award consideration was based on injury statistics over three years and an evaluation of written applications by three judges: Gary Pohlmann of Marsh Risk Consulting; Doug Britton, program manager for Agricultural Technology Research at Georgia Tech Research Institute; and George Nassif of Aon Global Risk Consulting. Twenty-four facilities received the highest level of recognition, "Award of Distinction." The other categories included "Award of Honor" and "Award of Merit."

Award of Distinction

Butterball

Ozark, Ark. - processing

Ozark, Ark. - feed mill

Carthage, Mo. - processing

Huntsville, Ark. - processing

Jonesboro, Ark. - processing

Turkey, N.C. - feed mill

 

Cargill Value Added Meats
 Temple, Texas - feed mill

Waco, Texas - processing

Elkton, Va. - breeder operation

 

GNP Company

Arcadia, Wis. - feed mill

 

Hillshire Brands

Storm Lake, Iowa - processing

 

Keystone Foods
 Albany, Ky. - processing

Franklin, Ky. - hatchery

Camilla, Ga. - processing

 

Perdue Farms Inc.
 Perry, Ga. - cook plant

Dillon, S.C. - processing

Perry, Ga. - fresh processing

Concord, N.C. - further processing

Salisbury, Md. - processing

Rockingham, N.C. - processing

Georgetown, Del. - roaster complex

Monterey, Tenn. - processing

 

Wayne Farms LLC

Pendergrass, Ga. - processing

Clermont, Ga. - hatchery

 

Awards of Honor

Butterball
 Mt. Olive, N.C. - processing

 

Cargill Turkey Production LLC
 Springdale, Ark. - feed mill

 

Case Farms
 Goldsboro, N.C. - further processing

 

Cobb-Vantress, Inc.
 Siloam Springs, Ark. - feed mill

Timpson, Texas - hatchery

Monticello, Ky. - hatchery

 

Gerber Poultry

Kidron, Ohio - processing

 

Jennie-O Turkey Store
 Dawson, Minn. - feed mill

 

Keystone Foods

Gadsden, Ala. - processing

Eufaula, Ala. - processing

Eufaula, Ala. - hatchery

Reidsville, N.C. - processing

 

Mountaire Farms

Lumber Bridge, N.C. - processing

Statesville, N.C. - breeder operation

Frankford, Del. - feed mill

Millsboro, Del. - feed mill

Millsboro, Del. - processing

Selbyville, Del. - processing

 

Perdue Farms Inc.

Accomac, Va. - processing

Bridgewater, Va. - further processing

Cromwell, Ky. - processing

Hurlock, Md. - hatchery

Milford, Del. - processing

Murfreesboro, N.C. - hatchery

Washington, Ind. - turkey processing

 

Petaluma Acquisitions LLC

Petaluma, Calif. - processing

Petaluma, Calif. - hatchery

 

Pilgrim's Pride Corporation

Batesville, Ark. - processing

Broadway, Va. - processing

Broadway, Va. - hatchery

Harrisonburg, Va. - feed mill

Moorefield, W.V. - feed mill

Nacogdoches, Texas - processing

Nacogdoches, Texas - hatchery

 

Sanderson Farms, Inc.

Laurel, Miss. - feed mill

 

Simmons Foods

Siloam Springs, Ark. - further processing

 

Tyson River Valley Animal Foods

Robards, Ky.

 

Trinity Valley Foods

Irving, Texas - processing

 

Wayne Farms

Danville, Ark. - hatchery

Decatur, Ala. East - further processing

Decatur, Ala. - fresh plant

Decatur, Ala. West - further processing

Dobson, N.C. - feed mill

Elkin, N.C. - hatchery

Troy, Ala. - hatchery

Union Springs, Ala. - processing

 

Awards of Merit

Cargill Value Added Meats
 Springdale, Ark. - processing

 

House of Raeford Farms

Arcadia, La. - processing

 

Jennie-O Turkey Store

Barron, Wis. - processing

Willmar, Minn. - Benson Ave. plant

Montevideo, Minn. - processing

Willmar, Minn. - Willmar Ave. plant

 

Mountaire Farms

Siler City, N.C. - hatchery

 

Perdue Farms Inc.

Hurlock Md. - feed mill

Lewiston, N.C. - processing

 

Petaluma Acquisitions LLC

Petaluma, Calif. - feed mill

 

Pilgrim's

Marshville, N.C. - processing

Mayfield, Ky. - processing

Moorefield, W.V. - fresh foods

Moorefield, W.V. - prepared foods

 

Sanderson Farms

McComb, Miss. - processing

 

Tyson Foods

Berryville, Ark. - further processing

Rogers, Ark. - further processing

Monett, Mo. - hatchery

Van Buren, Ark. - further processing

 

Wayne Farms

Laurel, Miss. - feed mill

 

Wenger's Feed Mill   

Muncy, Pa. - feed mill

Hegins, Pa. - feed mill