Perdue Farms’ operation in Dillion, South Carolina, has been recognized by the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation and the South Carolina Occupational Safety & Health Administration for its workplace safety record. The Perdue associates at the Dillon operation have achieved three million consecutive production hours without incurring an OSHA log-time injury accident in February.

“I applaud Perdue and its employees for their safety record,” said Catherine Templeton, director of the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation.  “Less than 1 percent of employers in the state reach one million safe work hours, so reaching three million hours is outstanding.  Perdue obviously recognizes that workplace safety is a full-time job,” she said.

This marks the 5th time in the history of the Dillon facility the associates surpassed three million hours.  In 2004, they achieved a facility record of 5.8 million hours.  “Our associates work hard to ensure a safe work environment, and I am pleased to see their efforts recognized in this way,” said Randy Brown, Perdue director of operations.  “Our safety programs are designed to create a culture of safety that involves every associate.  The most important part of creating a safe workplace is the ongoing dedication of our associates who come to work every day with safety top of mind.”

The Dillon operation also was recognized for reducing its injury and illness incidence rate by 40 percent from 2010-2011 as well as achieving a Total Recordable Incident Rate that is at least 75 percent better than the state’s average industry rate for the same period.   Perdue’s incidence rate was 3.27 per 100 workers as compared to the state rate of 6.9.