Delaware poultry companies had several facilities included among the record-breaking 230 chicken and turkey facilities receiving safety awards during the 2019 National Safety Conference for the Poultry Industry in Destin, Fla. The awards were given by the Joint Industry Safety and Health Council in recognition of outstanding performance through the implementation of innovative and effective employee safety and health programs.
“We received the most applications ever for this year’s safety award program. It is impressive to see so many companies implementing new and innovative programs to promote safety in their facilities,” said Mick Berning, associate vice president of environmental, health and safety at Cargill and chair of the Joint Industry Safety and Health Council.
The council consists of members from the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, National Chicken Council and National Turkey Federation. Collectively, the three organizations represent companies that produce 95 percent of the nation’s poultry products and directly employ more than 350,000 workers.
Award consideration was based on injury statistics over three years and an evaluation of written applications by academia and other safety experts.
Most Delaware awards were the highest level of recognition, “Award of Distinction.” They went to: Allen Harim LLC’s Seaford Hatchery; Mountaire Farms Inc.’s Selbyville and Millsboro processing plants, and the feed mill in Millsboro; Perdue Farms’ harvest facilities in Georgetown and Milford.
Awards of Honor went to Allen Harim’s Dagsboro hatchery and Seaford feed mill.
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