Associates at Perdue’s Georgetown operation achieved a safety milestone March 5 after working one million production hours without experiencing an Occupational Safety and Health Administration recordable lost-time case.

Counting toward the milestone began Oct. 2, 2016.

During the recently reported year in 2015, the lost-time rate for all Delaware goods-producing industries combined was 0.80 per 100 workers, according to statistics released by the U.S. Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. The nationwide lost-time rate for all goods-producing industries combined for that same year was 1.10 per 100 workers annually, while Perdue’s companywide rate during that year was 0.19 per 100 associates. As of March 2017, Perdue’s lost-time rate was 0.28 per 100 associates.

To celebrate, the operation held a barbecue luncheon for associates.

Perdue has a standard, companywide safety program that encourages active employee participation and input. Associates take part in safety committees, which meet regularly to discuss safety issues and perform safety inspections before the start of each shift. Associates have the authority to stop production or prevent start-up if any unsafe condition exists. In addition, associates attend safety awareness training and are encouraged to look for and report any potential hazard.