CREVE COEUR, Mo. and CHICAGO, Sept. 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation's paper mill in Hodge, LA, has become the first mill in company history to achieve 2 million hours worked without a recordable accident according to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards. The 2 million hours worked covered 539 days.
"The Hodge team has set a new standard for our mill operations," said Steve Klinger, president and chief operating officer of Smurfit-Stone. "Their dedication and vigilance exemplify our commitment to being the safest, most profitable company in our industry."
Smurfit-Stone has led the industry in safety every year since 2001.
"Safety is something that we practice every day and try to incorporate into everything we do," said Roger Hagan, general manager at the Hodge mill. "The biggest thing that we have to really guard against is complacency, and we keep looking for new ways to improve our awareness and safety performance."
Hagan was the general manager at Smurfit-Stone's Stevenson, AL, mill in 2003 when that facility achieved one million hours without an OSHA recordable.
According to the Pulp & Paper Safety Association (PPSA), only seven mills have achieved one million hours worked without an OSHA recordable. Five of those mills are from Smurfit-Stone. In addition to Hodge, they include Smurfit-Stone mills in Hopewell, VA; Brewton, AL; West Point, VA; and Stevenson, AL.
Working safely comes down to the individual, Hagan said, regardless of where the mill is located.
"It's really just people. You're dealing with people and people
systems, getting everybody on board, and getting everybody to think about
safety. The whole idea is to stop an injury before it happens. The only way
you can do that is to lo
|SOURCE Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation|
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