The North Carolina Department of Labor (NCDOL) presented the company with a Gold Award at its annual awards ceremony on June 4. To qualify for any of NCDOL’s annual safety awards, a firm must have zero fatalities during the calendar year and have maintained a safety incidence rate of at least 50% below the average for its industry group. The Gold Award is based on days away from work, restricted activity or job transfers as a result of injuries.
This is the first time that Acucote has received this highest accolade from NCDOL and recognizes their industry-leading incidence rate of .71.
A WorkSafe Award was also presented to the company on April 29 by Acucote’s Workers Compensation Insurance Carrier - HUB International SE and Accident Fund Insurance Company. This award acknowledges “Continuous Safety Improvement from 2015 - 2019.”
According to John Leath, CEO, “We’re very proud of the awards as they acknowledge the hard work our team has committed to building a sustainable safety program at our facility. But far more important than the awards is the fact that our employees are going home safe and sound each day to their family and friends. We all lose when someone is hurt on the job.”
Amy Trent, safety manager, who has been with Acucote for the past two years, conducts weekly safety briefings for all plant employees and has successfully developed processes which encourage proactive reporting of safety concerns.
Leath concludes that, “The credit for these awards goes to our Safety Team and the entire Acucote workforce due to their efforts to help take care of one another. We have built a culture of trust, awareness and buy-in which enables us to better serve our employees, our customers and the industry.”