One hundred thirty four meat and poultry plants were recognized today with awards for outstanding safety performance. The awards were presented at the American Meat Institute (AMIF) 2013 Conference on Worker Safety, Human Resources and the Environment, at the Westin Crown Center, Kansas City, Missouri, March 20-21, 2013.

Thirty plants were recognized with the highest award – the Award of Honor. Fifty received the Award of Merit.  In addition, 29 plants received the Award of Commendation and 25 received a Certificate of Recognition.

“Worker safety progress is one of our industry’s greatest success stories,” said AMI President and CEO J. Patrick Boyle.  “During the last 19 years, injury/illness rates in the U.S. meat industry have improved by nearly 80 percent.  The rate of injury and illness in the meat and poultry industry continues to fall – and this is no ‘accident.’”

“We’ve gone from bearing the unfortunate moniker of “the most dangerous industry in America” to being one of the most progressive and proactive.  This kind of progress comes from dedication, hard work and a commitment that starts at the highest levels and is embraced throughout the plant.”

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Source: AMI