Utility’s Virginia plant wins Gold Safety Award

by Truck News

CITY OF INDUSTRY, Calif. – Utility Trailer Manufacturing Company announced today that its Glade Spring, Virginia manufacturing plant received the Liberty Mutual Gold Safety Award.

The award is given based on DART rates (days away, restricted and transferred) which is calculated from the number of hours works relative to the number of accidents at the plant. Fewer accidents result in lower DART rates. To qualify for the Gold Safety Award, the plant’s DART rate must be at least 80% 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% 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 manager.

Richard D. Williams of Liberty Mutual Insurance, Risk Control Services, presented the award to Sam Cassell, the plant manager.

“It was my honour 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,” he 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.”

This is the plant’s third Liberty Safety Award and first Gold Award.

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

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