Employees have worked more than one million hours without a lost-time accident or illness
PADUCAH, Ky. (Dec. 10, 2014) — Deputy Secretary Rocky Comito of the Kentucky Labor Cabinet joined employees and officials in Paducah today to present the employees of NRE Paducah with the Governor’s Safety and Health Award. The honor recognizes approximately 205 employees for working more than one million hours without a lost-time accident or illness.
A subsidiary of global locomotive manufacturer NRE Global Holdings since July 2002, NRE Paducah has been an active employer in Paducah since 1925. The company, which formerly used the name VMV Paducahbilt, builds and rebuilds locomotives and locomotive products at its 110-acre facility on Kentucky Ave. In the past year, the company has expanded its operations by adding jobs, making repairs to the facility, installing new equipment and performing technological upgrades.
The workers of NRE Paducah aren’t just employees, they are also owners of the company. NRE Paducah has an employee stock ownership plan, meaning its employees are 100 percent owners. The employees are also organized in the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) Local 123.
The Kentucky Labor Cabinet presents the Governor’s Safety and Health Award in recognition of outstanding safety and health performance. An establishment may qualify for the award if its employees together 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. In the case of NRE Paducah, the requirement is 500,000.
Every establishment within the geographical boundaries of Kentucky is eligible, even if the establishment won the award the previous year. Eligibility is limited to one award during a 12-month period of time.