H.B. Fuller in Paducah presented Governor's Safety and Health Award
Employees worked 1,285,567 hours without a lost time injury or illness
Labor Cabinet Deputy Secretary Mike Nemes visited H.B. Fuller today to present a Governor's Safety and Health Award for working 1,285,567 consecutive hours without a lost time injury or illness.
"Congratulations to H.B. Fuller in Paducah on earning your first Governor's Safety and Health Award," Labor Cabinet Secretary Derrick Ramsey stated. "I'm ecstatic that Kentucky just received its lowest Injury and Illness Rate in the state's history, and the collective efforts of labor and management at businesses like H.B. Fuller is a big reason for this. On behalf of Governor Bevin and all of us at the Labor Cabinet, thank you for all of your hard work and your dedication to workplace safety."
H.B. Fuller is a global adhesives provider that focuses on perfecting adhesives, sealants and other specialty chemical products. The Paducah facility opened in 1987 and has 95 employees, where it manufactures hot melt adhesives used in a wide range of consumer products. This includes disposable hygiene products, such as baby diapers, feminine care products and medical applications, as well as bottle labeling and bookbinding.
"We are honored to be acknowledged for our commitment to safety at our Paducah facility," said Mark Hodge, senor facility engineer and maintenance manager. "At H.B. Fuller, safety is our top priority, and we believe it requires buy-in at every level of our company. We consistently strive to find new and better ways to improve our processes to help ensure the safety of our most valuable assets - our employees."
"I would like to offer my congratulations to the hardworking men and women at H.B. Fuller in Paducah for their dedication to a safe and healthy workplace environment," State Sen. Danny Carroll (R- Paducah) said. "I applaud any company who goes above and beyond to ensure the wellbeing of its employees and H.B. Fuller has done an excellent job in setting and meeting such high expectations."
The Kentucky Labor Cabinet presents the Governor's Safety and Health Award to highlight outstanding safety and health performance in Kentucky's workplaces. A business may qualify for the award if its employees achieve a required number of hours worked without experiencing a lost time injury or illness. The required number of hours is dependent upon the number of employees.
According to a recent report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Kentucky employers reported the lowest incident rate for nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses in the state's history.
Based on a mathematical calculation that describes the number of recordable incidents per 100 full-time employees, Kentucky's rate improved from 3.8 in 2014 to 3.7 in 2015 - reflecting the most recent data available. This rate has steadily declined since it was first calculated in 1996, when a rate of 8.4 was reported.