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Utility Trailer Virginia plant earns Liberty Mutual safety award


Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Utility Manufacturing Co. and Liberty Mutual Insurance officials gather for the presentation of the Gold Safety Award. From left, Richard Carver, materials manager; Otis Barker, plant engineer; John Seaborn, industrial engineer; Ralph McMahan, superintendent; Richard Williams of Liberty Mutual; Gregg Reynolds, senior EHS manager; Sam Cassell, plant manager; Keith Walsh, EHS manager; Tim McVey, HR manager; and Wes Wolfe, quality control manager. (Courtesy: KATHY ARMSTRONG)
Utility Manufacturing Co. and Liberty Mutual Insurance officials gather for the presentation of the Gold Safety Award. From left, Richard Carver, materials manager; Otis Barker, plant engineer; John Seaborn, industrial engineer; Ralph McMahan, superintendent; Richard Williams of Liberty Mutual; Gregg Reynolds, senior EHS manager; Sam Cassell, plant manager; Keith Walsh, EHS manager; Tim McVey, HR manager; and Wes Wolfe, quality control manager. (Courtesy: KATHY ARMSTRONG)

CITY OF INDUSTRY, Calif. —  Utility Trailer Manufacturing Co.’s Glade Spring, Virginia, manufacturing plant has received the Liberty Mutual Insurance Gold Safety Award.

Liberty Mutual’s Safety Awards are based on DART rate (Days Away, Restricted and Transferred), 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.

To qualify for the Gold Safety Award, the plant’s DART rate must be at least 80 percent better than the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) trailer manufacturing industry’s average DART of 4.2 with a minimum of 200,000 work hours.

In 2014, Utility’s Glade Spring plant achieved a 0.84 DART Rate (80 percent better than the industry average), continuing a multi-year trend of decreasing DART rates.

“Our improved DART rate reflects a continuing emphasis by both management and our employees on preventing and managing incidents, and our comprehensive Return to Work program.  We have hundreds of reasons to work safely, and those would be all of our employees and their families here at Glade Spring. Our management is committed to knowing each one by name as we work together to ensure each other's safety,” said Gregg Reynolds, Utility’s Glade Spring environmental health and safety (EHS) manager.

“This is another significant milestone. The Glade Spring plant has now received its 3rd Liberty Safety Award.  This is the first Gold Award for the Glade Spring plant, and only the second Gold Award ever given by Liberty to Utility Trailer,” said Bob Griffis, corporate EHS manager. “We couldn’t have achieved this Award without the continuous focus by our employees on safety, and without the quality medical care provided to our employees by our local doctors.  We appreciate everyone’s efforts,” said Bob Griffis, Corporate EHS Manager for Utility Trailer Manufacturing.

Richard D. Williams of Liberty Mutual Insurance, risk control services, presented the Gold Safety Award to Sam Cassell, plant manager, and the entire management team, on behalf of all Utility’s Glade Spring employees.

"It was my honor to present the Liberty Mutual Gold Safety award to the managers and workers of the Utility Trailer Manufacturing Company’s location at Glade Spring, Virginia,” Williams said. “It is very difficult to qualify for this award and not many are presented to Liberty Mutual customers. This achievement shows the commitment of the Glade Spring location and Utility Trailer Manufacturing Company to have a safe working environment for its workers. Congratulations for this great achievement."

For more information about Utility Trailer Manufacturing, visit: www.utilitytrailer.com.

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