KY Labor Cabinet 300OWENSBORO, Ky. (8/10/17) — Labor Cabinet Deputy Secretary Mike Nemes visited MPD, Inc. in Owensboro today to present a Governor’s Safety and Health Award for the 1,256,157 production hours worked without a lost-time incident by employees.  
 
“I want to congratulate MPD, Inc. on earning its first Governor’s Safety and Health Award,” said Labor Secretary Derrick Ramsey. “Working 1,256,157 hours without a lost-time injury is a great accomplishment. On behalf of Governor Bevin and the Labor Cabinet, it is my honor to bestow this award to MPD, Inc. and its employees for their successful efforts towards workplace safety.”

Established in 1987, MPD, Inc. consists of ten wholly owned subsidiaries that provide electronic products across North America and the United Kingdom. Their customers include U.S. and foreign military services and their contractors, avionics manufacturers, law enforcement organizations, industrial companies and commercial concerns. MPD, Inc. now employs over 220 people at its headquarters in Owensboro.

“The employees of MPD, Inc. are the most valuable asset to the Company,” said Gary Braswell, President, MPD, Inc. “It is our policy that every person is entitled to a safe and healthful workplace. Establishment and maintenance of a safe environment is the shared responsibility between the Company and employees at all levels of the organization. To this end, every reasonable effort will be made in achieving the goal of accident prevention and health preservation.”

State Sen. Joe Bowen (Owensboro) also offered praise.

“I would like to thank one of Owensboro’s own, MPD, Inc., for the company’s dedication to workplace health and safety,” Sen. Bowen said. “MPD, Inc. has been a great economic partner for our city, and I congratulate the company on its receipt of this well-deserved award.”

The Kentucky Labor Cabinet presents the Governor’s Safety and Health Award to highlight outstanding safety and health performance in Kentucky’s workplaces. A business may qualify for the award if its employees achieve a required number of hours worked without experiencing a lost time injury or illness. The required number of hours is dependent upon the number of employees.

According to a recent report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Kentucky employers reported the lowest incident rate for nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses in the state’s history.
Based on a mathematical calculation that describes the number of recordable incidents per 100 full-time employees, Kentucky’s rate improved from 3.8 in 2014 to 3.7 in 2015 – reflecting the most recent data available. This rate has steadily declined since it was first calculated in 1996, when a rate of 8.4 was reported.

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