Employees worked 668,907 hours without a lost time injury or illness
FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 22, 2017) – Labor Cabinet Deputy Secretary Mike Nemes visited Donaldson Company’s Nicholasville plant today to present a Governor’s Safety and Health Award for working 668,907 consecutive hours without a lost time injury or illness.
“Congratulations to the Donaldson plant in Nicholasville on achieving their fourth Governor’s Health and Safety Award,” said Labor Cabinet Secretary Derrick Ramsey. “Working this many hours without a significant injury is a great accomplishment, and I appreciate their dedication to workplace safety. Our top priority at the Labor Cabinet is to help ensure Kentucky’s workers stay safe on the job, and I am pleased to recognize Donaldson for all of their hard work in helping achieve this goal.”
Donaldson Company is an international manufacturer of filtration systems and parts. The Nicholasville plant opened in 1979 and employs 177 people who manufacture filters for industrial and engine applications.
“Our hardworking team is honored to be acknowledged for our commitment to an incident-free workplace,” said Tony James, Donaldson Nicholasville plant manager. “At Donaldson, we believe that a safe workplace is both necessary and achievable, and our team continuously improves processes to reduce exposure to potential hazards. I thank and congratulate our employees on receiving this recognition for achieving and sustaining health and safety excellence.”
“I am proud of the commitment that Donaldson Company has made to its employees and the Nicholasville community in keeping a healthy and safe work environment,” state Sen. Tom Buford (R-Nicholasville) said. “I want to thank the Labor Cabinet for recognizing this business in my district, thank all the employees of the Donaldson Company for their hard work, and wish the Donaldson Company continued success in the 22nd State Senate District.”
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), in 2015 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.
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Additional information is available at http://labor.kentucky.gov.