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Louisville-based gun manufacturer presented Governor’s Safety and Health Award


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Dec. 12, 2017) – Labor Cabinet Deputy Secretary Mike Nemes visited BAE Systems in Louisville today to present a Governor’s Safety and Health Award for the 2,058,198 production hours worked without a lost-time incident by employees.

“Congratulations to BAE Systems in Louisville on earning its third Governor’s Safety and Health Award,” said Labor Secretary Derrick Ramsey. “Working more than two million hours without a lost-time injury is a great accomplishment, and I appreciate its dedication to keeping its employees safe and healthy. On behalf of Governor Bevin and all of us at the Labor Cabinet, thank you for all of your hard work and your dedication to workplace safety.”

Founded in 1999, BAE Systems’ Naval Center of Excellence in Louisville, Ky. is dedicated to the overhaul, manufacture, and repair of major caliber guns and other naval systems for the U.S. and its allies. The plant is a fully-equipped industrial complex with roughly 640,000 square feet of manufacturing, assembly, and test space. The site is the only commercial producer of medium to major caliber gun barrels in North America. BAE Systems employs 83,000 in over 40 countries with its local Louisville branch employing 300 employees.

“Our talented and dedicated workers are our biggest asset, and it’s our responsibility to ensure they go home to their family and loved ones safe and healthy every day,” said Mike Viscosi, director of operations. “BAE Systems is committed to providing a safe and healthy work environment.”

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.

For more information on the Governor’s Safety and Health Award, click here.