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Local industries recognized for safety


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Numerous local businesses were recognized by the state and North Carolina Department of Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry for their safe practices during 2012 in an awards banquet at the Lincoln Cultural Center on Tuesday.

Over 40 different awards were handed out to businesses, several of which received either gold or silver awards, based on “stringent requirements,” according to a press release from the Department of Labor.

Companies receiving gold-level awards were required to meet a Days Away/Restricted or Job Transfer (DART) rate of “at least 50 percent below the statewide rate for its industry. Silver award recipients were required to “attain an incidence rate for cases with days away from work that is at least 50 percent below the rate for its industry.”

Mohican Mills’ Tricot Knitting Plant received a gold award for the 24th consecutive year.

Cataler and RSI Home Products were both recognized with a Million Hour Award for over one million hours with no lost-time accidents.

“It’s really an honor for me to travel throughout the state and recognize these employers who are making a commitment to their employees’ safety and health,” Berry said in the press release. “These employers are helping to make North Carolina workplaces some of the safest in the country.”

RSI is currently under investigation by the Department of Labor after a Lincolnton man died in an industrial accident at one of its plants in Feb., according to a previous article in the Times-News.

Organizations receiving awards at the banquet included:

Silver Awards

  • City of Lincolnton, Parks and Recreation
  • Lincoln County Government, Maintenance
  • Mohican Mills Inc., Dyeing and Finishing Plant
  • Packaging Unlimited of North Carolina Inc., Riverview Road
  • Lincoln County Government, Planning and Inspections
  • McMurray Fabrics Inc., Flint Street Plant
  • Cataler-North America

Gold Awards

  • Carolinas Medical Center, Lincoln
  • City of Lincolnton, Fire Department
  • Earnhardt Grading Inc.
  • Lincoln County Government, Emergency Management
  • Lincoln County Government, Fire Marshall’s Office
  • Lincoln County Government, Library
  • Lincoln County Government, Transportation
  • RSI Home Products
  • Unique Transportation Inc.
  • UTC Fire and Security, Interlogix
  • Active Concepts, LLC
  • Gaston College, Lincoln Campus
  • Lincoln County Government, Board of Elections
  • Lincoln County Government, County Manager’s Office
  • Lincoln County Government, Department of Social Services
  • Lincoln County Government, Finance
  • Lincoln County Government, Grounds
  • Lincoln County Government, Human Resources
  • Lincoln County Government, Register of Deeds
  • Lincoln County Government, Soil and Water Conservation District
  • Lincoln County Government, Tax
  • Textile Piece Dyeing Inc.
  • The M. Conley Co.
  • City of Lincolnton, Administrative Offices
  • The Timken Co., Lincolnton Bearing Plant
  • Leonard Automatics Inc.
  • Salem Industries, A Division of Gaston Skills
  • Mohican Mills Inc., Circular Knit Plant
  • Robert Bosch Tool Corporation, Lincolnton Conversion, Customizing and Packaging
  • Mohican Mills Inc., Warping Department
  • Duke Energy, Lincoln Combustion Turbine Station
  • Mohican Mills Inc., Tricot Knitting Plant

Million Hour Awards

  • Cataler – NA
  • RSI Home Products

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