House of Raeford Farms’ Arcadia, LA division is pleased to announce that they have reached
one million man hours without a lost time accident. The period covered was from January –
“We place a great deal of emphasis on our monthly safety training programs for all associates”,
stated Kevin Pittman, Safety Director for the Arcadia complex. “In addition, our Safety
Committee, made up of volunteer line employees, managers, and union representatives, has
been trained in the OSHA 510 course; conducts internal plant safety audits; and encourages
input from all employees to maintain a safe workplace”.
Pittman also highlighted the Arcadia division’s “Near Miss” initiative that investigates incidents
that did not result in an accident but had the potential. “This program has proven to be an
effective preventive measure”, Pittman concluded.
Earlier this summer the Arcadia plant was awarded the Joint industry Safety and Health
Council’s Award of Merit for significant accomplishments in workplace safety and health. This
award is for facilities with OSHA recordable rates less than the industry average over a three
year period and who demonstrate innovative and effective safety programs.
“These are significant safety achievements for our operation,” said Mark Van Benthuysen,
Complex Manager. “The health and safety of our associates is vital and requires a tremendous
amount of effort on all levels to be successful”.
Employees were awarded a commemorative safety t-shirt and a luncheon served by plant
managers and Arcadia town officials.