Kerry Receives Governor’s Safety Award

Pictured left to right: Michael Dougherty, Chairman of the Minnesota Safety Council Board of Trustees; Bradley Oachs, Chairman of the Minnesota Safety Council Board of Directors; Brad Kramer, Kerry-Blue Earth HSE Specialist; Kelly Bordewick, Kerry-Blue Earth Plant Manager; and Ken Peterson, Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry

5/24/2017, Blue Earth, Minn. – Kerry-Blue Earth was recognized for excellence in workplace safety and health at the Governor’s Safety Awards luncheon on May 18 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Kerry is one of 266 employers honored through the awards program, coordinated by the Minnesota Safety Council.

“We thank Kerry for its commitment to safety,” said Paul Aasen, president of the Minnesota Safety Council. “These efforts protect workers, strengthen the organization and benefit the community as a whole.”

“Blue Earth takes great pride in their ongoing safety record and put great focus on training and corrective action implementation,” said Colin Pugh, Director of Operations-Cereals for Kerry. “Congratulations to the Blue Earth team on receiving the award for Meritorious Achievement. It proves that each employee is taking accountability for safety and continuous improvement.”

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 (115 winners): Incidence 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 (108 winners): Continuing improvement and/or a continuing outstanding record with incident rates that are 51%-90% better than the industry average, and a score between 75 and 90 on the safety program evaluation scale.
  • Award of Honor (43 winners): Incidence rates at least 91% better than the industry average, and a score between 91 and 100 on the safety program evaluation scale. Kerry received a Meritorious Achievement Award.The Governor’s Safety Awards luncheon is part of the 83rd 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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