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NYM Brunswick earns Governor’s Safety Award

The Minnesota Safety Council has awarded a Governor’s Safety Award to Brunswick’s Lund and Crestliner boat manufacturing facility in New York Mills for superior performance in workplace safety and health.

Brunswick is one of 227 employers to be recognized at the group’s Governor’s Safety Awards luncheon at the Minneapolis Convention Center on Thursday, May 16.

“An effective safety program reduces injuries and costs, maximizes productivity and builds morale,” said Carol Bufton, president of the Minnesota Safety Council. “Employers like Brunswick understand that protecting employees is not only the right thing to do – it’s also good business.”

Company President, Dirk Hyde, commented, “I am extremely proud of the employees here. Last year we went over 1,360,000 hours without a lost time injury. This is a direct result of the dedication and commitment of our employees to safety.”

Since 1934, the annual Governor’s Safety Awards program has honored Minnesota employers with exceptional safety performance. Applicants are judged on several years of injury data as it compares with their industry’s national statistics, and on their progress in implementing a comprehensive safety program.

Winners are recognized at three levels:

-Meritorious Achievement (143 winners): Incident rates that are better than the industry average for at least three years, and score between 50 and 74 on a 100-point safety program evaluation scale.

-Outstanding Achievement (52 winners): Continuing improvement and/or a continuing outstanding record incident rate that is 51-90 percent or better than the industry average, and a score of 76 to 90 on the safety program evaluation scale.

-Award of Honor (32 winners): Incidence rates of at least 91 percent of the industry average, and a score between 91 and 100 on the safety program evaluation scale.

Brunswick’s New York Mills operation received a Meritorious Achievement Award.

The Governor’s Safety Awards luncheon is part of the 79th Minnesota Safety and Health Conference, coordinated by the Minnesota Safety Council.

The conference is the oldest and largest gathering of workplace safety and health professionals in the region.