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Fillmore County Earns Governor’s Safety Award

Fri, May 3rd, 2013
Posted in All Government

The Minnesota Safety Council has awarded a Governor’s Safety Award to Fillmore County for superior performance in workplace safety and health.

Fillmore County is one of 227 employers who will be recognized at the Governor’s Safety Awards luncheon at the Minneapolis Convention Center on May 16.

“An effective safety program reduces injuries and costs, maximizes productivity and builds morale,” said Carol Bufton, president of the Minnesota Safety Council. “Employers like Fillmore County understand that protecting employees is not only the right thing to do – it’s also good business.”

According to Karen Brown, Fillmore County Coordinator, “The Fillmore County Board of Commissioners commitment to safety of its employees and the general public is recognized in the achievement of this award.”

Since 1934, the annual Governor’s Safety Awards program has honored Minnesota employers with exceptional safety performance. Applicants are judged on several years of injury data as it compares with their industry’s national statistics, and on their progress in implementing a comprehensive safety program. Winners are recognized at three levels:

•Meritorious Achievement (143 winners): Incident rates that are better than the industry average for at least three years, and a score between 50 and 74 on a 100-point safety program evaluation scale.

•Outstanding Achievement (52 winners): Continuing improvement and/or a continuing outstanding record incident rates which is 51%-90% or better than the industry average and a score between 76 and 90 on the safety program evaluation scale.

•Award of Honor (32 winners): Incidence rates at least 91% or better than the industry average, and a score between 91 and 100 on the safety program evaluation scale.

Fillmore County received a Meritorious Achievement Award

The Governor’s Safety Awards luncheon is part of the 79th Minnesota Safety & Health Conference, coordinated by the Minnesota Safety Council. The conference is the oldest and largest gathering of workplace safety and health professionals in the region. The Minnesota Safety Council, founded in 1928, is a non-governmental, not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life in Minnesota by preventing unintentional injuries (“accidents”).

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