THE Cargill Turkey & Cooked Meats feed mill, which furnishes feed for Cargill's turkey business in the northwestern Arkansas region, operated an entire year without experiencing any loss of production time due to a workplace injury.
This milestone of operating five days a week, 20 hours per day, for 30 consecutive years without any employee lost time injuries was marked in February.
Cargill celebrated this achievement with an award ceremony in mid-June.
For the nearly 40 Cargill employees at the feed mill, each workweek is filled with activities focused on providing high-quality, nutritious feed for tens of thousands of Cargill's turkeys in the region.
The feed mill operates an average of 100 hours per week, with employees working in 10-hour shifts, two shifts daily, five days a week. In these 100 hours, Cargill employees produce, load and ship approximately 5.6 million lb. (2,800 tons) of feed, which is delivered to Cargill's contract turkey farmers located throughout the region.
"Cargill was built on a firm foundation of respect, integrity and commitment to health and safety," said Shane Acosta, general manager for Cargill's turkey operations in Springdale, Ark. "Employee and workplace safety is one of our top priorities, and the employees of the Springdale mill should take great pride in this tremendous achievement they have worked so hard to earn. We are also honoring a similar 22-year accomplishment by our hatchery team at Gentry, Ark."
Ricky Belk, director of the Arkansas Department of Labor, initiated the recognition with remarks commending the Cargill management and employees for the 30-year achievement by the feed mill, as well as the 22-year milestone for no lost time injuries that was achieved this year by the company's turkey hatchery at Gentry.
"The Arkansas Department of Labor has been recognizing employers for safe work time for over 30 years," Belk said. "For a company to have a record of safety that spans nearly that entire time is an incredible achievement. It is an honor to be invited to celebrate this important milestone with the employees of Cargill, and I am looking forward to congratulating them for their dedication to safety in our state."