WINCHESTER, Ky. (May 15, 2018) – Labor Cabinet Deputy Secretary Mike Nemes visited Leggett & Platt Inc. in Winchester today to present a Governor’s Safety and Health Award for the 900,000 production hours worked without a lost-time incident by employees.
“Congratulations to Leggett & Platt Inc. in Winchester on earning its second Governor’s Safety and Health Award,” said Labor Secretary Derrick Ramsey. “Working 900,000 hours without a lost-time incident is a great achievement, and I appreciate their dedication to workplace safety for employees. On behalf of Governor Bevin and the Labor Cabinet, I am pleased to recognize Leggett & Platt Inc. for all of their hard work in helping achieve this goal.”
Located in Winchester since 1944, Leggett & Platt Inc. is a manufacturer of bedding components/innersprings for mattresses and box springs. Leggett & Platt is a Fortune 500 company with over 360 employee partners. Leggett & Platt Inc. has more than 150 manufacturing locations in over 15 countries.
“We are very proud to be the recipient of the Governor’s Safety & Health Award, and I commend our employee partners for working 900,000 hours without a lost-time accident,” said Branch Manager, Chuck Denisio. “Our safety program is employee and partner driven. It is also impressive that these hours include high school students through the ‘Advancing Through careers’ program. Our slogan is ‘If you SEE something…SAY something!’ We are partners protecting partners and safety is our first priority.”
“I applaud the leaders at Leggett and Platt Inc. for putting such an emphasis on health and safety in the workplace,” Sen. Ralph Alvarado (Winchester) said. “Leggett and Platt Inc. is a great corporate citizen in our community, and we appreciate their diligence and attention to detail day in and day out.”
“I’m thrilled that a local company was able to earn this significant award,” Rep. Donna Mayfield (Winchester) said. “Work safety is very important, and I’m glad that Leggett & Platt Inc. creates a safe work environment for its employees.”
The Kentucky Labor Cabinet presents the Governor’s Safety and Health Award to highlight outstanding safety and health performance in Kentucky’s workplaces. A business may qualify for the award if its employees achieve a required number of hours worked without experiencing a lost-time injury or illness. The required number of hours is dependent upon the number of employees.
According to a recent report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Kentucky employers reported the lowest incident rate for nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses in the state’s history.
Based on a mathematical calculation that describes the number of recordable incidents per 100 full-time employees, Kentucky’s rate improved from 3.7 in 2015 to 3.4 in 2016. This rate has steadily declined since it was first calculated in 1996, when a rate of 8.4 was reported.
The Labor Cabinet’s Division of Occupational Safety & Health Education & Training leads the Cabinet’s proactive efforts to create safe and healthful workplace conditions through an initiative called KY Safe.
For more information on the Governor’s Safety and Health Award, click here.