KEVIL, Ky. (May 31, 2018) – Labor Cabinet Acting Secretary Mike Nemes visited Swift & Staley Inc. in Kevil to present a Governor’s Safety and Health Award for the 814,133 production hours worked without a lost-time incident by employees.
“The Governor’s Safety and Health Award embodies excellence in workplace safety, and it’s only fitting I’m here at Swift & Staley to recognize this great achievement,” Nemes said. “Working over 800,000 hours without a significant injury is something that should be celebrated. This is why it is a great privilege of mine to join the hard working employees of Swift & Staley and present this award. Congratulations on your safety record, and I look forward to joining you again next year to celebrate another 800,000 hours without a significant injury.”
Swift & Staley Inc. began in 1979 as a construction contractor and currently employs 181 at its Kevil facility. In 2005, they were awarded the contract for the Dept. of Energy Paducah Infrastructure Services, and awarded subsequent contracts in 2010 and 2015. The company provides services to both government agencies and commercial clients, including roads and grounds; janitorial services; security, environment, safety, and health; information technology and cyber security; records management, property management, and construction.
“I am proud to offer my congratulations to the dedicated men and women at Swift & Staley in Kevil for their drive to provide a safe and healthy working environment,” Sen. Danny Carroll (Paducah) said. “This award is well-deserved, and I applaud the company for its continual commitment to the protection and well-being of their employees.”
“Over 800,000 consecutive hours without time lost to injury or illness is a huge accomplishment for the employees of Swift & Staley,” Rep. Steven Rudy (Paducah) said. “I’m proud to see a major employer in our region take pride in work safety.”
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.
For more information on the Governor’s Safety and Health Award, click here.