West Liberty Foods’ Tremonton, Utah, facility has reached two million man-hours without a lost time accident. This achievement is a result of the facility’s strict focus on safety, and making it a part of the culture amongst all its team members, according to a company news release. The period covered was November 2010 to September 2012.
“We are very proud of our team members and our management on achieving two million hours without a lost time accident,” said Ed Garrett, president and CEO for West Liberty Foods, based in West Liberty, Iowa. “Our Tremonton team should be equally proud of what they have accomplished as well.”
This success is attributed to the emphasis placed on the monthly safety training programs along with more than 300 daily and weekly safety audits that are conducted by supervisors and team members who not only monitor safe conditions, but at-risk behaviors. In Tremonton, this program is overseen by Kenneth Swallow, safety manager. The facility is overseen by Dave Frett, plant manager.
Swallow highlighted Tremonton’s “Near Miss” and “First Aid” initiatives that investigate every incident no matter how small or insignificant. Team members who experience these situations receive individual daily follow-up with one of the facility’s safety EMTs. The purpose of these daily visits is to verify their condition, assess needs, and determine further care. This program has proven to be an effective tool in managing incidents and treating team members as valued assets, the news release says.
“I am very pleased with Dave Frett’s leadership in this endeavor and proud of the entire Tremonton team in reaching this truly significant accomplishment,” said Gerald Lessard, VP and COO for West Liberty Foods. “Their dedication and commitment to the entire safety process has been exemplary. By applying the principals of High Performance Teams, they have been successful in reaching a new milestone in the history of West Liberty Foods.”
West Liberty Foods is a leading co-packer, private label manufacturer, and foodservice supplier of sliced deli meats and fully cooked IQF products. It supplies products to many well-known retail and foodservice chains nationwide. In 2004, it became the first turkey processing facility to become ISO 14001:2004 Certified and one of the first companies in the United States to be verified as Landfill Free. The Tremonton facility opened in 2007 and employs 530 team members.