Blue Grass Cooperage Receives Governor's Safety Award

Thursday, March 12, 2009 | 12:51 pm

Safety Record Dates Back to 2007

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner James Neeley announced that Blue Grass Cooperage in Waynesboro was chosen to receive the Governor’s Award of Excellence for Workplace Safety.
"Blue Grass Cooperage has demonstrated strong commitment to maintaining a safe and healthy workplace," said Jim Flanagan, Voluntary Protection Program Manager for the Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration, who presented the Governor’s Award of Excellence to the company today at the company’s facility located at 199 R.H. Moore Road. “The evaluation criteria for this award are challenging, and this company has worked extremely hard to meet and exceed the standards the award requires.”
The Governor’s Safety Award honors Tennessee employers and employees who meet a required number of hours without workplace injuries serious enough to cause an employee to miss a day of work or restrict normal job activities. The number of hours required is based on the size of the company.
Blue Grass Cooperage employs 34 people and is a sawmill that manufactures casks for use by the Jack Daniels Distillery in Lynchburg. The facility has qualified for the Governor’s Award by working more than 100,000 hours without a lost time or restricted duty injury. The site’s injury-free record dates back to May 2007.
For more information on the Governor’s Safety Award and other TOSHA award programs contact TOSHA’s Consultative Services office at (800) 325-9901.
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