LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 17, 2018) – Labor Cabinet Deputy Secretary Mike Nemes visited LexPlastics in Lexington yesterday to present a Governor’s Safety and Health Award for the 604,578 production hours worked without a lost-time incident by employees.
“Congratulations to LexPlastics in Lexington on earning its second Governor’s Safety and Health Award,” said Labor Secretary Derrick Ramsey. “Working over 600,000 hours without a lost-time injury is a great accomplishment that deserves to be recognized. 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 1980 as Confederate Plastics, LexPlastics is a 60-person custom injection molding company along with assembly operations servicing consumer industrial, electronics, medical and the automotive industry. LexPlastics provides parts and assemblies for the Tier II automotive market and has many years of experience in producing, handling and shipping aesthetic parts and assemblies. Currently, LexPlastics has 57 employees at its Lexington facility.
“We are proud of this significant accomplishment of working over 600,000 hours without a lost-time accident,” said LexPlastics General Manager Wayne Sweasy. “We strive to provide our team with a safe workplace through an active safety program with participation from all functions in our plant, and everyone here understands that safety begins with them.”
“I commend LexPlastics for reaching this safety milestone and setting such a positive example for others to follow,” State Rep. Brown, Jr. (Lexington) said. “I also want to thank the Labor Cabinet for recognizing this achievement and for helping others reach the same goal. Every employee deserves a workplace that is as safe as possible.”
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 reflecting the latest available data. This rate has steadily declined since it was first calculated in 1996, when a rate of 8.4 was reported.
Along with the Kentucky Safety and Health Network, the Division of Occupational Safety & Health Education & Training also co-hosts the Governor’s Safety and Health Conference and Exposition each year. The 34th annual conference will take place next month at the Sloan Convention Center in Bowling Green from May 8-11, 2018. For more info and to register for the conference, please visit kshn.net.
For more information on the Governor’s Safety and Health Award, click here.