CITY OF INDUSTRY, Calif. — Utility Trailer Manufacturing Co.’s Paragould, Arkansas, dry van manufacturing plant has received a Plant Safety Award from Liberty Mutual Insurance.
Utility’s Paragould, Arkansas, trailer manufacturing plant has been presented the Liberty Mutual Silver Safety Award.
Liberty Mutual’s Safety Awards are based on the days away, restricted and transferred (DART) rate, which is calculated from the number of hours worked relative to the number of accidents at the plant.
Lower numbers of accidents result in lower DART rates.
In 2015, Utility’s Paragould plant had a DART rate of only 1.66, with more than 1.3 million worked hours.
The average DART rate for the trailer manufacturing industry was significantly higher at 4.3.
A Silver Safety Award is presented for DART rates of 40 percent or lower of the industry rate.
“We strive to provide a safe and healthy workplace. Without the hard work of all of our employees, and the continued support from our Management and Owners, this would not be possible,” said Sean Graddy, Utility’s Paragould environmental health & safety (EHS) manager.
“Year after year, the Paragould plant has continued to maintain an exemplary safety record, and has now been recognized with its 11th Liberty Mutual Safety Award. In fact, nine of these 11 awards have been either silver or gold, which is a huge achievement,” said Bob Griffis, corporate EHS manager for Utility.
David Neighbors, Utility’s Paragould Plant Manager stated: “I am very proud of our team's dedication to safety. And, I appreciate the recognition by our partner, Liberty Mutual, of this achievement, which is the result of all of us working together to be safe.”
Dale Innis (CSP), of Liberty Mutual Insurance, risk control services, presented the Safety Award to a group of Paragould employees representing the plant.
“Liberty Mutual would like congratulate the employees and Management for outstanding safety performance to achieve this award,” said Innis. “Everyone at Utility Trailer in Paragould should be proud of this achievement.’