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Utility Trailer’s Arkansas Manufacturing Plant Nets Gold Safety Award

September 11, 2014 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Image, News
Pictured from left are Chris Pindell (Plant Engineer), Scott Maxwell (HR Manager), Jim Rison (Plant Engineer), Dale Innis (Liberty Mutual), Corey Fletcher (Superintendent), David Neighbors (Plant Manager), Bob Smiley (Materials Manager), Sean Graddy (EHS Manager) and Jeremy Dogan (QC Manager). Pictured from left are Chris Pindell (Plant Engineer), Scott Maxwell (HR Manager), Jim Rison (Plant Engineer), Dale Innis (Liberty Mutual), Corey Fletcher (Superintendent), David Neighbors (Plant Manager), Bob Smiley (Materials Manager), Sean Graddy (EHS Manager) and Jeremy Dogan (QC Manager).

Utility Trailer Manufacturing Co., the trucking industry’s largest manufacturer of refrigerated trailers and a leading manufacturer of dry freight vans, flatbeds, and curtainsided trailers, has announced that its Paragould, Ark., manufacturing plant has received the Liberty Mutual Insurance Gold Safety Award.

Liberty Mutual’s Safety Awards are based on DART rates (Days Away, Restricted and Transferred), which are calculated by factoring the number of hours worked relative to the number of accidents at the plant. Low occurrences of accidents result in lower DART rates. In order to qualify for the Gold Safety Award, a DART rate of at least 80 percent better than the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is needed with a minimum of 200,000 work hours.

For the 2013 year, Utility’s Paragould plant achieved a DART rate of 1.10, which is 80 percent lower than the trailer manufacturing industry’s average of 5.5. “We are grateful for being recognized by Liberty Mutual and receiving their Gold Safety Award. This award is evidence of Utility’s commitment to safety, and was made possible by the support of Utility’s owners, management and our employees,” said Sean Graddy, Utility’s Paragould Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) manager.

“This is a major accomplishment,” added Bob Griffis, corporate EHS manager for Utility Trailer Manufacturing. “None of our facilities have ever received a Gold Award. This is the eighth Liberty Safety Award for the Paragould plant. Our employees and management team deserve all the credit for keeping themselves and their fellow employees safe.”