The country's leading turkey producer has garnered impressive industry recognition for its worker safety programs over the past few years. Most recently, Butterball achieved its newest worker safety milestone when its Huntsville, AR plant reached 3 million hours without any losttime injuries.
This latest accolade, enjoyed by few producers in the poultry processing industry, has been a central focus at Butterball's Huntsville facility for more than a decade. Now that the facility celebrates 3 million hours without injuries, Brian Rodgers, director of safety and risk management, attributes this success to the employees who have led the company's worker safety program.
"We are incredibly honored to have our Huntsville plant receive such welldeserved recognition," Rodgers said, "This is a direct result of our employees who believe and work toward Butterball's commitment to creating a safe and healthy work environment for team members."
The employees of this facility have diligently maintained industry safety standards through various training and management-accountability programs. A few of the protocols that have helped the Huntsville facility reach this accomplishment include:
- Extensive health examinations for production associates
- Training programs that include classroom sessions, medical assessments and line training
- Weekly safety, equipment and site checks conducted by production associates and management teams
- Hazard resolution log database used to track safety hazards until they are properly resolved.
"Our employees are a vital component to Huntsville's successful safety program," Rodgers said, "Their feedback provides useful information needed to evaluate and critique the effectiveness of our safety initiatives."
In 2003, Butterball's Huntsville facility was also designated a STAR Site for its worker safety program by the National Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Voluntary Protection Program (OSHA VPP). The Huntsville plant also received the "Star Among Stars" award for retaining incident levels 50 percent below the industry average in 2006 and 2007.
Butterball's participation in the federal OSHA VPP provided standards that helped the company significantly reduce lost-time injuries and accomplish numerous worker safety goals.
"Butterball hopes to continue inspiring employees and the poultry industry to set higher standards for occupational safety," Rodgers said, "We view safety as an important part of maintaining sound business practices and providing a rewarding work experience for all of our employees."
About Butterball, LLC:
Butterball, LLC, the largest producer of turkey products in the United States, is headquartered in Garner, N.C. For more than 50 years, the iconic brand's succulent whole bird products have been a central part of special moments. Today, company also has a broad array of offerings for retail, deli and foodservice that help make meals something to celebrate every day. Butterball products are enjoyed domestically and internationally.
The company's three-pronged approach to Doing Business Right focuses on self-governance, sustainability and social responsibility. The initiative plays a key role in providing internal oversight for integrating values that are important to the company.
As the industry leader in quality and food safety, the company employs numerous processes to ensure the health of flocks and implements recognized prevention measures to exceed food safety standards in its six plants, located in North Carolina, Colorado, Arkansas and Missouri. In addition, Butterball has surpassed important workplace safety and health benchmarks set forth by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Voluntary Protection Program.
For more information about Butterball, visit www.butterball.com. You can also call 1-800-BUTTERBALL for answers to your most puzzling questions about turkey preparation.