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Donaldson Company, a leading worldwide designer and manufacturer of filtration systems and parts, on September 23 announced that the Kentucky Labor Cabinet has awarded the Governor’s Safety and Health Award to the company’s Nicholasville, Ky., plant.
The award, known as the Governor’s Safety and Health Award, provides special recognition for outstanding safety and health performance and encourages development of programs designed to reduce and even eliminate occupational injuries and illnesses. The Governor’s Safety and Health Award is given to employers and their employees, who together have achieved the minimum required number of hours worked without experiencing a lost-time injury or illness at their establishment.
“The awareness and promotion of safety as the first item on everyone’s mind each day is our goal,” stated Tony James, Donaldson Nicholasville plant manager. “It is an honor for the team to be recognized for all of their efforts with this special award.”
“Safety is a core value and competency at Donaldson,” said Don Bezek, manager for environmental, health and safety at Donaldson Company. “The protection of our employees and guests is our highest priority. Nicholasville receiving this Award recognizes the critical importance we place on improving our safety performance through the implementation of standardized and best practices throughout the organization.”
Commenting on the Governor’s Safety Award program, Michael Dixon, Commissioner of Department of Workplace Standards, said: “An effective safety and health program is an indicator of a successful organization. Employers, like Donaldson, understand that protecting employees is not only the right thing to do – it’s also a good business practice.”
Every establishment within the geographical boundaries of the state of Kentucky is eligible for this award. An establishment may qualify for the award if its employees together achieved the required number of hours worked without experiencing a lost-time injury or illness. During 2009-2010 there were only 48 companies who received the award.