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10/28/2021 7:58:00 AM
Safety Awards

Wayne Howard
Reporter


Once upon a time when I was working at WLON Radio, we had a visit from OSHA (the Occupational Safety and Health Administration). Anyone who has operated a business with multiple employees or an industry is likely very familiar with OSHA.

The purpose of OSHA is to insure workplace safety.

On my visit in the mid-70s, I was told I needed to have a rail put adjacent to the rear steps of the building. There were a total of three of them, about 20 feet wide, and almost nobody ever used them. When announcers carried out the trash from the building in the afternoon, they went out the front door. Once a week, either I or engineer Dennis Long went to the tower to check the readings there, and most often we did that when we arrived at work and before ever entering the building. But three steps were enough to create a requirement for a rail.

Some safety standards may, like that one, seem unnecessary and inconsequential, but workplace safety is no joke.

The NC Dept. of Labor is responsible for making sure North Carolina businesses and industries do what's necessary to protect workers from danger.

Each year, the Dept. of Labor recognizes those who have achieved workplace safety. It's usually done in Lincoln County at a Safety Awards Banquet.  Sorry, no banquet this year, and no Cherie Berry.  She retired after years of service and with the pandemic, this year, the awards program is being done virtually. 

Obviously, most industries have much more to consider than my railing for three steps. We want to recognize and congratulate those who are being honored today. So from the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce, who are handling the local 'event,' here's the list:

Silver Awards
Criteria: Rate of days away from work must be at least 50% below the industry average.

First Year

  • Cataler-North America
  • City of Lincolnton, Administrative Offices
  • Lincoln County Government, Fire Marshall's Office
  • Lincoln County Government, Public Works
  • Lincoln County Government, Solid Waste Department

Second Consecutive Year

  • American Woodmark Corp, Lincolnton NC
  • City of Lincolnton, Utilities Department
  • Lincoln County Government, Animal Services

Third Consecutive Year

  • Husky Rack and Wire
  • Robert Bosch Tool Corporation, Lincolnton Conversion, Customing & Packaging


Gold Awards
Criteria: Rate of days away from work, job transfer or restriction must be at least 50% below the industry average.

First Year

  • City of Lincolnton, Fire Department
  • City of Lincolnton, Police Department
  • Lincoln County Government, Airport
  • Lincoln County Government, County Jail
  • Lincoln County Government, Health Department
  • Lincoln County Government, Maintenance
  • Lincoln County Government, Parks & Recreation
  • Lincoln County Government, Tax
  • Lincoln County Government, Transportation

Second Consecutive Year

  • Lincoln County Government, Communications Center
  • Lincoln County Government, Library
  • Packaging Unlimited Lincolnton, Legionaire Drive
  • Packaging Unlimited Lincolnton, Riverview Road

Third Consecutive Year

  • Lincoln County Government, Register of Deeds

Fifth Consecutive Year

  • Lincoln County Government, Board of Elections
  • Lincoln County Government, Planning & Inspections
  • The M Conley Company
  • City of Lincolnton, Parks and Recreation

Sixth Consecutive Year

  • Henkel
  • City of Lincolnton, Parks & Recreation
  • Lincoln County Government, Department of Social Services
  • Lincoln County Government, Finance

Seventh Consecutive Year

  • Leonard Automatics, Inc.

Eighth Consecutive Year

  • Lincoln County Government, Cooperative Extension
  • Lincoln County Government, Information Technology
  • Lincoln County Government, Senior Services
  • Lincoln County Government, Veterans Services
  • West Lincoln Family Medicine
  • West Lincoln Veterinary Hospital

Ninth Consecutive Year

  • IHC, LLC
  • Lincoln County Government, Emergency Management

Tenth Consecutive Year

  • Lincoln County Government, County Manager's Office
  • Lincoln County Government, Human Resources
  • Lincoln County Government, Soil & Water Conservation District

Twelfth Consecutive Year

  • Salem Industries, A Division of Gaston Skills

Twenty-Fifth Consecutive Year

  • Duke Energy, Lincoln Combustion Turbine Plant


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