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Worker Safety Award Winners Honored at Annual Conference

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

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

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.

“This program’s ongoing success is a testament to our industry’s strong dedication to workplace safety,” said AMI President and CEO J. Patrick Boyle. “We applaud the efforts of these plants to protect their workers and for their continued commitment to further progress.”

To view the award recipients, go to http://www.meatinstitute.org/Content/NavigationMenu/Workforce_Safety/Worker_Safety1/Awards_Program/WSAwards2008.pdf

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