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Utility’s Virginia Manufacturing Plant Receives Gold Safety Award

August 13, 2015 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Image, News, Safety
From left: Richard Carver (Materials Manager), Otis Barker (Plant Engineer), John Seaborn (Industrial Engineer), Ralph McMahan (Superintendent), Richard Williams (Liberty Mutual), Gregg Reynolds (Sr. EHS Manager), Sam Cassell (Plant Manager), Keith Walsh (EHS Manager), Tim McVey (HR Manager), Wes Wolfe (QC Manager). From left: Richard Carver (Materials Manager), Otis Barker (Plant Engineer), John Seaborn (Industrial Engineer), Ralph McMahan (Superintendent), Richard Williams (Liberty Mutual), Gregg Reynolds (Sr. EHS Manager), Sam Cassell (Plant Manager), Keith Walsh (EHS Manager), Tim McVey (HR Manager), Wes Wolfe (QC Manager).

Utility Trailer Manufacturing Co., the industry’s largest manufacturer of refrigerated trailers and a leading manufacturer of dry freight vans, flatbeds, and curtainsided trailers, said its Glade Spring, Va., manufacturing plant has received the Liberty Mutual Insurance Gold Safety Award.

Liberty Mutual’s Safety Awards are based on DART rate (Days Away, Restricted and Transferred), which is calculated from the number of hours worked relative to the number of accidents at the plant. Lower numbers of accidents result in lower DART rates. To qualify for the Gold Safety Award, the plant’s DART rate must be at least 80 percent better than the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) trailer manufacturing industry’s average DART of 4.2, with a minimum of 200,000 work-hours.

In 2014, Utility’s Glade Spring plant achieved a 0.84 DART Rate (80 percent better than the industry average), continuing a multi-year trend of decreasing DART rates. “Our improved DART rate reflects a continuing emphasis by both management and our employees on preventing and managing incidents, and our comprehensive Return to Work program. We have hundreds of reasons to work safely, and those would be all of our employees and their families here at Glade Spring. Our management is committed to knowing each one by name as we work together to ensure each other’s safety,” said Gregg Reynolds, Utility’s Glade Spring Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) manager.

“This is another significant milestone. The Glade Spring plant has now received its 3rd Liberty Safety Award. This is the first Gold Award for the Glade Spring plant, and only the second Gold Award ever given by Liberty to Utility Trailer. We couldn’t have achieved this Award without the continuous focus by our employees on safety, and without the quality medical care provided to our employees by our local doctors. We appreciate everyone’s efforts,” said Bob Griffis, Corporate EHS manager for Utility Trailer Manufacturing.