BERWYN, Pa. - Tyco Electronics' manufacturing facility located on Burgess Road in Greensboro, North Carolina has earned the Gold Award for Safety from the North Carolina Department of Labor for 2007. This marks the sixth consecutive year that the site, which produces electrical and electronic connectors for the automotive industry, has been recognized.
To qualify for the Gold Award -- the Department of Labor's highest-level of recognition -- a site must have had no fatalities during the calendar year and have maintained a lost workday case rate at least 50 percent below the statewide average for its particular industry group. Lost workday cases are cases of work-related injury or illness which involve days away from work and/or days of restricted work activity.
"I applaud Tyco Electronics for earning its sixth Gold Award for safety," North Carolina Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry said. "This achievement shows that safety is ingrained in the employees and management of the company. By earning this for the sixth year in a row, Tyco Electronics has proven that the safety of its work force is of the highest priority."
During 2007, the Burgess Road facility implemented many changes to its manufacturing processes, equipment and plant layout. Even with all of those moves and refurbishment, the facility incurred only one lost-time incident, while logging a total of more than 857,500 hours of employee work.
Jackie Kline, site director, thanked all Burgess Road employees for their efforts, stating: "There are three attributes that have contributed to our success in winning this award. First, it is the ownership and discipline from our employees who meet once per month to discuss immediate safety concerns and/or areas of improvement, which are evaluated and quickly converted to action by our plant leaders. Second, they embrace our ongoing safety training. And third, there is a mindset and ownership by all plant management that unsafe conditions or practices will not be tolerated at any cost."
The North Carolina Department of Labor Safety Awards Program recognizes private and public firms throughout the state that achieve and maintain good safety records. The program is designed to stimulate interest in accident prevention and to promote safety in the workplace by providing an incentive to employers and employees to maintain a safe and healthful workplace.
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