FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 13, 2017) – Labor Cabinet Secretary Derrick Ramsey visited Atlas Machine and Supply in Louisville today to present a Governor’s Safety and Health Award for working 1,351,417 consecutive hours without a lost time injury or illness.
“I want to congratulate Atlas on earning their first Governor’s Safety and Health Award,” said Sec. Derrick Ramsey. “Working over a million hours without a serious injury is a great accomplishment. On behalf of Governor Bevin and the Labor Cabinet, it is my honor to bestow this award to the Atlas employees for their successful efforts towards workplace safety.”
Founded in 1907, Atlas Machine and Supply is a fourth generation family-owned business. Atlas re-engineers, repairs and manufactures complex manufacturing equipment for industry and provides industrial air compressors, equipment and related solutions.
“Earning the Governor’s Safety and Health Award is a wonderful testimony to our dedicated workforce and how they responded to the opportunity to build safe work habits,” said Chairman Rich Gimmel. “Thank you to Sec. Ramsey and the Kentucky Labor Cabinet for recognizing our employees’ hard work and presenting us with this award.”
The Kentucky Labor Cabinet presents the Governor’s Safety and Health Award to highlight outstanding safety and health performance in Kentucky’s workplaces. A business may qualify for the award if its employees achieve a required number of hours worked without experiencing a lost time injury or illness. The required number of hours is dependent upon the number of employees.
According to a recent report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), in 2015 Kentucky employers reported the lowest incident rate for nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses in the state’s history.
Based on a mathematical calculation that describes the number of recordable incidents per 100 full-time employees, Kentucky’s rate improved from 3.8 in 2014 to 3.7 in 2015 – reflecting the most recent data available. This rate has steadily declined since it was first calculated in 1996, when a rate of 8.4 was reported.
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