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Worker Safety Recognition Awards

Program Information & Criteria

The primary program goals are to motivate participants to improve their safety performance through the establishment of sound safety and health programs at the plant level and to recognize those plants that have achieved a high level of safety performance as part of the continuing effort to reduce occupational injury and illness.

In addition, the program can boost employee morale, reduce expenses associated with injuries and illness in the workplace and enhance the meat and poultry industry's overall image regarding employee safety and health.

The various levels of awards that may be earned are based on an evaluation of each eligible plant'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. Of the 1,500 points available, 900 or 60 percent may be earned based on the outcome of a statistical analysis of the plant's injury and illness data performed by National Safety Council staff. The analysis will include an evaluation of both the Total Recordable Cases rate and the rate for Cases With Days Away From Work, Job Transfer, or Restriction (DART). The two rates will each be worth up to 450 points (one half) of the total points available for safety performance.

This year, we are accepting applications for plants with NAICS codes other than 311611, 311612, and 311615. For more information or to apply for a plant with a different NAICS code, contact Megan McCullough at mmccullough@meatinstitute.org.

We have instituted a few changes for this year’s program which are as follows:

  1. We have adjusted the reporting period for the data and will be based on the calendar year running from January 1, 2021 through December 31, 2021.
  2. Last month the Meat Institute officially launched its Protein PACT continuous improvement framework and Environment is a main focus area. This award program evaluates the data provided with questions that directly align with the Meat Institute’s Protein PACT. In order to be eligible for these awards each plant’s company must have signed the Protein PACT Commitment to report on the metrics. To see a full list of those who have signed, click here.

Application for Worker Safety Recognition Awards Program is now closed.

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For questions concerning the awards program, please contact Megan McCullough at 202-587-4241 or by email at mmccullough@meatinstitute.org.


2021 Worker Safety Recognition Awards Winners

AWARD OF HONOR

Caviness Beef Packers
Amarillo, TX

Caviness Beef Packers
Hereford, TX

FPL Food, LLC
Augusta, GA

Gibbon Packing
Gibbon, NE

Golden State Foods Protein Products
Opelika, AL

JBS USA
Beardstown, IL

JBS USA
Marshalltown, IA

Land O’Frost, Inc.
Lansing, IL

Land O’Frost, Inc.
Madisonville, KY

Land O’Frost, Inc.
Searcy, AR

Omaha Steaks International, Inc. Snyder Plant
Omaha, NE

OSI Industries, LLC
Oakland, IA

Pilgrim’s
Athens, GA

Pilgrim’s Debone Plant
Chattanooga, TN

Pilgrim’s Kill Plant
Chattanooga, TN

Pilgrim’s Hatchery Cullman, AL

Pilgrim’s Complex
De Queen, AR

Pilgrim’s Pet Foods
De Queen, AR

Pilgrim’s
Enterprise, AL

Pilgrim’s Hatchery
Fort Payne, AL

Pilgrim’s
Gainesville, GA

Pilgrim’s
Guntersville, AL

Pilgrim’s Mayfield Complex
Hickory, KY

Pilgrim’s
Marshville, NC

Pilgrim’s Fresh Foods
Moorefield, WV

Pilgrim’s Prepared Foods
Moorefield, WV

Pilgrim’s East Plant 13
Mt. Pleasant, TX

Pilgrim’s Protein Plant
Mt. Pleasant, TX

Pilgrim’s West Plant
Mt. Pleasant, TX

Pilgrim’s
Nacogdoches, TX

Pilgrim’s
Sanford, NC

Pilgrim’s Broadway Complex
Timberville, VA

Pilgrim’s
Waco, TX

Quality Pork Processors
Austin, MN

Saratoga Foods Inc.
Bolingbrook, IL

Seaboard Foods, LLC
Guymon, OK

Seaboard Foods, LLC
Guymon, OK

Smithfield BioScience
Sharonville, OH

Smithfield Foods
Arnold, PA

Smithfield Foods
Clinton, NC

Smithfield Foods
Cudahy, WI

Smithfield Foods
Des Moines, IA

Smithfield Foods
Elizabeth, NJ

Smithfield Foods
Junction City, KS

Smithfield Foods
Milan, MO

Smithfield Foods Packaged Meats
Omaha, NE

Smithfield Foods
Peru, IN

Smithfield Foods
Salt Lake City, UT

Smithfield Foods
Sioux Center, IA

Smithfield Foods Packaged Meats
Sioux Falls, SD

Smithfield Foods
St. Charles, IL

Smithfield Foods
Tar Heel, NC

Smithfield Foods
Wilson, NC

Swift Prepared Foods
Booneville, MS

Swift Prepared Foods Council Bluffs 1
Council Bluffs, IA

Swift Prepared Foods Council Bluffs 2
Council Bluffs, IA

Swift Prepared Foods
Elkhart, IN

Triumph Foods, LLC
St. Joseph, MO


AWARD OF MERIT

Birchwood Foods
Columbus, OH

Birchwood Foods
Kenosha, WI

Boar’s Head Provisions Co., Inc.
Forrest City, AR

Boar’s Head Provisions Co., Inc.
Petersburg, VA

Cargill
Wyalusing, PA

CS Beef Packers
Kuna, ID

Fresh Mark
Canton, OH

Fresh Mark Cold Storage
Massillon, OH

Fresh Mark
Massillon, OH

Fresh Mark
Salem, OH

Green Bay Dressed Beef, LLC Acme Plant
Green Bay, WI

Green Bay Dressed Beef, LLC East River Facility
Green Bay, WI

JBS USA
Omaha, NE

JBS USA
Plainwell, MI

JBS USAcMOPAC Rendering
Souderton, PA

JBS USA
Tolleson, AZ

Omaha Steaks International, Inc. F St. Plant
Omaha, NE

Omaha Steaks International, Inc. 96th St. Plant
Omaha, NE

OSI Industries, LLC
West Chicago, IL

Pilgrim’s To-Ricos, Ltd
Aibonito, PR

Pilgrim’s Hatchery
Albertville, AL

Pilgrim’s
Arcadia, WI

Pilgrim’s Truck Stop
Chattanooga, TN

Pilgrim’s Hatchery
Cohutta, GA 15

Pilgrim’s
Douglas, GA

Pilgrim’s
Elberton, GA

Pilgrim’s
Live Oak, FL

Pilgrim’s
Lufkin, TX

Pilgrim’s Prepared Foods
Mt. Pleasant, TX

Pilgrim’s Processing Plant
Nacogdoches, TX

Pilgrim’s Distribution Center
Pittsburg, TX

Skylark Meats, LLC
Omaha, NE

Smithfield Foods
Denison, IA

Smithfield Foods Distribution Center
Greenfield, ID

Smithfield Foods
Mason City, IA

Smithfield Foods
Sioux City, IA

Smithfield Foods North Plant
Smithfield, VA

Smithfield Foods
Springfield, MA

Smithfield Foods
St. James, MN

Smithfield Foods Distribution Center
Tar Heel, NC

Smithfield Foods
Vernon, CA

Smithfield Hog Production
Midwest Region

Smithfield Hog Production
Rocky Mountain Region

Smithfield Pet
Orange City, IA

Swift Beef Company
Hyrum, UT

Swift Pork Company
Ottumwa, IA

Swift Pork Company
Worthington, MN


AWARD OF COMMENDATION

Birchwood Foods
Norcross, GA

Boar’s Head Provisions Co., Inc.
New Castle, IN

JBS USA Retail Ready
Lenoir, NC

King’s Command Foods LLC
Versailles, OH

OSI Group
Fort Atkinson, WI

OSI Group
Geneva, IL

OSI Industries Racine Plant
Chicago, IL

Pilgrim’s
Cold Spring, MN

Pilgrim’s Feed Mill & Feedhaul
Guntersville, AL

Pilgrim’s Pet Food
Mt. Pleasant, TX

Pilgrim’s Broadway Protein Conversion
Timberville, VA

Smithfield Foods
Cumming, GA

Smithfield Foods Distribution Center
North East, MD

Swaggerty’ Sausage Co., Inc.
Kodak, TN

Swift Beef Company
Grand Island, NE

Swift Beef Company
Riverside, CA

Swift Prepared Foods
Swanton, VT


CERTIFICATE OF RECOGNITION

Boar’s Head Provisions Co. Inc.
Jarrett, VA

Calihan Pork Processors, LLC
Peoria, IL

JBS USA Value Added
Greeley, CO

JBS USA
Souderton, PA

Long Prairie Packing
Long Prairie, MN

Pilgrim’s Feed Mill
Chattanooga, TN

Pilgrim’s
Truck Shop & Live Haul
Guntersville, AL

Smithfield Foods
Carroll, IA

Swift Pork Company
Pipestone, MN

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