The Joint Industry Safety and Health Council recognized 96 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 during the 2014 National Safety Conference for the Poultry Industry held in Destin, Florida.

The Joint Industry Safety and Health Council consist of members from the 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 directly employ more than 350,000 workers.

"The 2014 awards program resulted in a record number of award recipients despite more stringent requirements to qualify, further highlighting the industry’s commitment to workplace safety. Congratulations to these facilities and their management teams. The awards recognize their excellent safety performance achievement as a result of effective and innovative programs. The notable and constant decrease in illness and injury rates among poultry’s workforce over the last two decades is a direct consequence of their dedication to worker safety,” the council stated.

The total recordable poultry processing illness and injury rate for 2012 was 4.9 cases per 100 full-time workers (per year), down from 5.8 in 2011. This represents a 78 percent decrease from 1994, when the recorded rate was 22.7, demonstrating the enormous progress poultry processors have made in improving safety for our workforce.  Award consideration was based on injury statistics over three years and an evaluation of written applications by three judges: Gary Pohlmann, Marsh Risk Consulting; Doug Britton, program manager for Agricultural Technology Research at Georgia Tech Research Institute; and George Nassif , Aon Global Risk Consulting. Twenty-nine 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, Arkansas – Processing
  • Huntsville, Arkansas – Processing
  • Carthage, Missouri – Processing

Cargill Turkey Production

  • Springdale, Arkansas – Feed Mill
  • Temple, Texas – Feed Mill

Cargill Turkey & Cooked Meats

  • Waco, Texas – Processing

GNP Company

  • Arcadia, Wisconsin – Feed Mill

House of Raeford

  • Arcadia, Louisiana – Processing

Keystone Foods

  • Gadsden, Alabama – Hatchery
  • Camilla, Georgia – Hatchery
  • Camilla, Georgia – Processing
  • Albany, Kentucky – Processing
  • Franklin, Kentucky – Processing

Peco Foods Inc.

  • Sebastopol, Mississippi - Processing

Perdue Farms

  • Georgetown, Delaware – Processing
  • Perry, Georgia – Cook Plant
  • Perry, Georgia – Fresh Processing
  • Cromwell, Kentucky – Processing
  • Salisbury, Maryland – Processing
  • Concord, North Carolina – Further Processing
  • Rockingham, North Carolina – Processing
  • Dillon, South Carolina – Hatchery
  • Dillon, South Carolina – Processing
  • Monterey, Tennessee – Further Processing 

Wayne Farms

  • Decatur, Alabama – Hatchery
  • Enterprise, Alabama – Processing
  • Pendergrass, Georgia – Processing
  • Elkin, North Carolina – Feed Mill
  • Elkin, North Carolina – Hatchery

Award of Honor

Butterball

  • Jonesboro, Arkansas – Processing

Cargill Turkey Production

  • Gentry, Arkansas – Hatchery 

Case Farms

  • Goldsboro, North Carolina – Further Processing
  • Goldsboro, North Carolina – Hatchery

Cobb-Vantress, Inc.

  • Siloam Springs, Arkansas – Feed Mill

Jennie-O Turkey Store

  • Montevideo, Minnesota - Processing
  • Willmar, Minnesota – Benson Ave Plant
  • Willmar, Minnesota – Willmar Ave Plant
  • Barron, Wisconsin – Processing

Keystone Foods

  • Eufaula, Alabama – Processing
  • Reidsville, North Carolina – Processing

Mountaire Farms

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  • Frankford, Delaware – Feed Mill
  • Millsboro, Delaware – Feed Mill
  • Selbyville, Delaware – Processing
  • Lumber Bridge, North Carolina – Processing
  • Statesville, North Carolina – Breeder Operation

Peco Farms

  • Batesville, Arkansas – Hatchery
  • Batesville, Arkansas – Processing

Perdue Farms

  • Samson, Alabama – Hatchery
  • Milford, Delaware – Processing
  • Washington, Indiana – Turkey Processing
  • Beaver Dam, Kentucky – Hatchery
  • Hurlock, Maryland – Hatchery
  • Hurlock, Maryland – Feed Mill
  • Lewiston, North Carolina – Processing
  • Murfreesboro, North Carolina – Hatchery
  • Accomac, Virginia – Processing
  • Bridgewater, Virginia – Further Processing

Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation

  • Commerce, Georgia – Hatchery
  • Waco, Georgia – Feed Mill
  • Moorefield, West Virginia – Prepared Foods

Sanderson Farms  – Foods Division

  • Flowood, Mississippi  – Processing

Simmons Foods

  • Decatur, Arkansas – Processing
  • Van Buren, Arkansas – Processing
  • Southwest City, Missouri – Processing

Tyson River Valley Animal Foods

  • Robards, Kentucky – Rendering

Tyson Foods  

  • Hope, Arkansas – Processing
  • Monroe, North Carolina – Processing

Wayne Farms

  • Danville, Arkansas – Hatchery
  • Decatur, Alabama – East Further Processing
  • Decatur, Alabama – West Further Processing
  • Decatur, Alabama – Fresh Plant
  • Dobson, North Carolina – Processing
  • Dothan, Alabama – Processing
  • Troy, Alabama – Hatchery
  • Union Springs, Alabama – Processing

Award of Merit

Cargill Turkey & Cooked Meats

  • Springdale, Arkansas – Processing

Case Farms        

  • Massillon, Ohio – Feed Mill

Cobb-Vantress

  • Timpson, Texas – Hatchery

Gerber Poultry

  • Kidron, Ohio – Processing

GNP Company

  • Cold Springs, Minnesota – Processing

House of Raeford Farms

  • West Columbia, South Carolina – Processing

Jennie-O Turkey Store

  • Dawson, Minnesota – Feed Mill
  • Perham, Minnesota – Feed Mill

Peco Farms

  • Gordo, Alabama – Hatchery
  • Bay Springs, Mississippi – Processing
  • Canton, Mississippi – Processing 

Perdue Farms

  • Thorntown, Indiana – Hatchery
  • Washington, Indiana – Feed Mill

Pilgrim’s Corp.

  • Athens, Georgia – Feed Mill
  • Blaine, Georgia – Hatchery
  • Marshville, North Carolina – Processing
  • Natchitoches, Louisiana – Processing
  • Moorefield, West Virginia – Fresh Foods

Tyson Foods

  • Hope, Arkansas – Hatchery
  • Dexter, Missouri – Processing
  • Seguin, Texas – Further Processing