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AMIF Recognizes 141 Meat and Poultry Plants for Worker Safety Efforts at Annual Conference

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Denver, Colo.— More than 140 meat and poultry plants were recognized today for outstanding safety performance at the American Meat Institute Foundation’s annual Conference on Worker Safety, Health, Human Resources and the Environment, held April 5-7, at the Westin Tabor Center, Denver, Colo.

“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.”

Forty-two plants were recognized with the highest award – the Award of Honor. Forty-seven received the Award of Merit. In addition, 30 plants received the Award of Commendation and 22 received a Certificate of Recognition.

The various levels of awards are earned 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. Each plant’s award application is analyzed by experts at the National Safety Council, who assisted with the development of the program.

The meat and poultry industry’s commitment to improving workplace safety is reflected in the significant and consistent decline in illness and injury rates among its nearly 500,000 workers for more than a decade. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data indicate that the actual incidence of injuries and illnesses reported in the Meat Industry for 2007 (the most recent year for which data is available) are the lowest since BLS began recording this data in the early 1970s. Over the last 17 years, injury/illness rates in Meat Processing operations have improved by more than 70 percent.

To view a list of this year’s Safety Award winners, click here: http://www.meatinstitute.org/ht/a/GetDocumentAction/i/48317



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