Case Farms, a fully-integrated poultry farming and processing group, achieved a safety milestone on April 20, after working one million hours without experiencing an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recordable lost-time accident at its Morganton, North Carolina, processing facility.
“It is very important to recognize that is was our employees who made this happen,” said Jon Strange, Morganton’s VP/General Manager. “We have a strong safety program, but it takes the cooperation and commitment of all our employees to make it work on a daily basis.”
In its quest to keep worker safety among its highest priorities, Case Farms has incorporated several initiatives and corporate changes that encourage employee participation and input. The company-wide worker safety program is comprised of core elements that are essential to achieving and maintaining a strong safety and health program. By implementing these elements, including hazard prevention programs, daily work-site analysis, safety awareness training and strong management-employee relationships, Case Farms’ facilities are able to continue to keep worker safety top-of-mind.
“When you create a healthy and safe workplace, you reduce those issues in several ways. By budgeting for safety improvements and making safety part of your operational plan, you engender trust,” said Rick Barton, Case Farms Director of Safety. “By involving employees in safety decisions, you show that their opinions matter to you. In these ways and others, workplace safety is about creating the kind of productive, efficient, happy and inspiring workplace we all want to be a part of.”
“This impressive accomplishment on its own is even more significant when considering the size of our company and the high stakes in our industry,” continues Barton. “Our employees are excited about this achievement and have already set a new goal of continuing to lead the safety pack. Morganton’s one million hours without a loss time accident is a step in that direction.”