1,285,567 consecutive hours without a lost time injury or illness
PADUCAH, Ky. (Feb. 1, 2017) — H.B. Fuller today was presented a Governor’s Safety and Health Award for working 1,285,567 consecutive hours without a lost time injury or illness.
H.B. Fuller is a global adhesives provider that focuses on perfecting adhesives, sealants and other specialty chemical products. The Paducah facility opened in 1987 and has 95 employees, where it manufactures hot melt adhesives used in a wide range of consumer products. This includes disposable hygiene products, such as baby diapers, feminine care products and medical applications, as well as bottle labeling and bookbinding.
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 3.8 in 2014 to 3.7 in 2015 – reflecting the most recent data available. This rate has steadily declined since it was first calculated in 1996, when a rate of 8.4 was reported.