Labor department recognizes local businesses for safety

The N.C. Department of Labor recognized Spruce Pine businesses BRP, Blue Ridge Regional Hospital and Grassy Creek Construction Tuesday, June 25, at the agency’s annual safety awards banquet in Asheville. 

“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,” said Cherie Berry, North Carolina Commissioner of Labor said. “Over the years, North Carolina has experienced a declining injury and illness rate, which now rests at an all-time low 2.3 per 100 full-time workers for private industry. These employers continue to make North Carolina workplaces some of the safest in the country.”

All three area businesses recognized received a Gold Award, which is given based on the rate of days away from work, job transfer or restriction being at least 50 percent below the industry average. This year is the ninth-straight year Grassy Creek Construction has earned the distinction; the second year for Blue Ridge Regional Hospital; and the first for BRP.

The awards honor outstanding on-the-job safety achievements of each recipient during 2018. 

Under program rules, companies must have been free of fatal accidents at the site for which the award is given to be eligible. The gold award criteria are based on a DART rate that is at least 50 percent below the statewide rate for its industry. 

The rate 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. 

The applicant must attain an incidence rate for cases with days away from work that is at least 50 percent below the rate for its industry.

Call 919-707-7855 or email Eursula Joyner at for more information about the Labor Department’s Safety Awards Program.

The MItchell News

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