Worker Safety Award Winners honored

by Editor
Thursday, April 17, 2008

The American Meat Institute (AMI) announced the 2008 winners of the AMI-National Safety Council Worker Safety Recognition Awards.

The awards were presented at the 2008 Worker Safety, Health and Human Resources Conference, held April 13-15, at the Marriott Convention Center in the reinvigorated French Quarter of New Orleans.

The awards recognize the efforts of meat packing and processing plants across the country to improve their safety performance through the establishment of sound safety and health programs and achieve a high level of safety performance as part of the continuing effort to reduce occupational injury and illness throughout the industry.

As part of this year’s award program, a total of 121 packing and processing facilities were honored.

Forty-one plants were recognized with the highest award – the Award of Honor. Forty-four received the Award of Merit. In addition, 21 plants received the Award of Commendation and 15 received a Certificate of Recognition.

The various levels of awards are earned based on an evaluation of each eligible plan’s actual safety performance, as well as its implementation of various key components of an effective safety and health program as measured by the safety program questionnaire. Each plant’s award application is analyzed by experts at the National Safety Council, who assisted with the development of the program.