North American Meat Institute (NAMI) has recognized 135 meat and poultry plants for achieving high levels of workplace safety performance as part of the industry’s continuing effort to reduce occupational injury and illness rates. The Worker Safety Recognition Awards were presented April 22, 2015, during the NAMI Foundation Worker Safety, Labor and Employment Conference at the Westin Crown Center in Kansas City, MO.

Thirty-six plants were presented the highest award – the Award of Honor. Fifty-eight plants received the Award of Merit, while 24 were presented with the Award of Commendation. Seventeen plants received the Certificate of Recognition.

“Worker safety progress is one of our industry’s greatest success stories. During the last 20 years, injury and illness rates in the U.S. meat industry have improved by nearly 80 percent,” said Barry Carpenter, NAMI president and CEO. “The rate of injury and illness in the meat and poultry industry continues to fall, and this success represents the commitment to safety performance that is embraced throughout our plants.”

The following plants received Awards of Honor in Worker Safety:

Birchwood Foods – Columbus, OH; Butterball, LLC - Carthage, MO; Butterball, LLC - Huntsville, AR; Butterball, LLC - Mt. Olive, NC; Butterball, LLC Alix Feed Mill - Ozark, AR; Butterball, LLC – Ozark, AR; Farmer John Foods - Vernon, CA; Golden Crisp Premium Foods - Sioux Center, IA; Hillshire Brands Company - Newbern, TN; Hillshire Brands Company - Storm Lake, IA; Indiana Packers Corporation - Delphi, IN: JBS USA - Omaha, NE; Jennie-O Turkey Store, Inc., Dawson Feed Mill - Willmar, MN; John Morrell Food Group - Omaha, NE; Johnsonville Sausage Banner Creek - Sheboygan, WI; Keystone Foods, LLC Equity Group Kentucky Division - Albany, KY; Keystone Foods, LLC Equity Group Eufaula Division - Bakerhill, AL; Keystone Foods, LLC Equity Group Georgia Division - Camilla, GA; Land O’Frost, Inc. - Lansing, IL; Land O’Frost, Inc. - Madisonville, KY; Land O’Frost, Inc. - Searcy, AR; Momence Packing - Sheboygan, WI; Murphy Brown, LLC -  Milford, UT; Murphy Brown, LLC - Warsaw, NC; and Omaha Steaks Synder Plant - Omaha, NE.

To view a complete list of this year’s award winners, click here.