NC Department of Labor awards 25 safety awards to Brunswick County

06.29.2022

N.C. Department of Labor awards 25 safety awards to Brunswick County

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BOLIVIA, N.C. – North Carolina Department of Labor (NC DOL) has recognized 25 Brunswick County government departments with safety awards.

“Brunswick County is honored to be recognized for our safety efforts,” Risk Manager Andy Yoos said. “I want to thank Eileen Gardner, the previous Risk Manager, who laid the groundwork for our safety program prior to my arrival in November 2021. People are and will always be our greatest asset, so ensuring a safe work environment is my primary goal.”

NC DOL’s Safety Awards Program honors agencies and organizations that achieve and maintain a healthful workplace and excellent safety records. According to the program rules, recipients must meet certain requirements to qualify for an annual safety award. Each department must have been free of fatalities at the site or location for which the award was given and maintained an incidence rate at least 50 percent below the average for its particular industry group during the calendar year.

There are two Safety Award levels in the program: gold and silver. The Gold Award is based on the DART rate, which includes cases of days away from work, restricted activity, or job transfer. The Silver Award is based only on cases with days away from work. They are recorded when the worker misses at least one full day of work, not including the day of the injury. Award recipients include:

Gold Awards

Criteria: Rate of days away from work, restricted activity, or job transfer must be at least 50% below the industry average.

First Year

  • 211 Water Treatment Plant
  • 911 Communications
  • Administration
  • Animal Protective Services
  • Board of Elections
  • Code Administration
  • DSS
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Health
  • Family Health
  • Finance
  • Fire Inspections
  • Fleet Services
  • Legal
  • Library System
  • MIS/Information Technology
  • Northwest Water Treatment Plant
  • Parks and Recreation
  • Public Housing
  • Register of Deeds
  • Soil and Water
  • Solid Waste
  • Tax Administration
  • Veterans Services

Silver Awards

Criteria: Rate of days away from work (not including the day of the injury) must be at least 50% below the industry average.

First Year

  • Water Administration

“To achieve our vision for Brunswick County, we first have to ensure our employees are safe when they are working,” County Manager Steve Stone said. “We are constantly looking for ways in which we can eliminate or reduce the risk of injury or loss of the County’s human, physical, natural, financial, and intangible resources. We are thankful to our Risk Management team and to the North Carolina Department of Labor for recognizing the safety efforts of our departments.”

ABOUT NC DEPARTMENT OF LABOR’S SAFETY AWARDS PROGRAM

In operation since 1946, NC DOL’s Safety Awards Program now extends to more than 5,000 firms, and about 3,000 awards are presented annually. Through the Safety Awards Program, private and public firms that achieve and maintain good safety records are recognized. This program is designed to stimulate interest in accident prevention and to promote safety in the workplace by providing an incentive to employers and employees to maintain a safe and healthful workplace.

For more information regarding the Safety Awards Program or the application process, email the NC DOL Safety Awards Coordinator at safety.awards@labor.nc.gov or call 919-707-7855.

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