"We have a great bunch of folks here, who are all involved in all safety aspects of the plant," said Mike Atwood, Cassville plant manager. "We are one of the few plants that has been able to achieve this year after year."
The Regal Beloit SAFE (Safety Awareness For Employees) Award was presented to the Cassville plant for "outstanding achievement in accident prevention and safety compliance."
"The award is based on safety performance, environmental performance and how involved your employees are," said Atwood. "Each facility is assessed based on its safety and environmental results and plans for improvement."
Each year, Regal Beloit plants take part in compliance reviews conducted by panels of professionals from the company's corporate office.
"We improve our electricity and water usage and waste disposal plans to reduce our environmental impact each year," said Atwood. "We have many projects that are designed to reduce waste."
For instance, the Cassville plant has used local recycling programs to recycle cardboard, plastic and other waste materials.
"Every month, we hold safety training in each department," said Atwood. "We also have safety audits where a person from each departmental team looks at things in that department that can be fixed or improved."
The local plant maintains a very high level of safety. Over each of the last few years, safety incidents have remained in the single digits.
"We only had one this year and one last year," said Atwood. "The only way we can do better than that is to have zero. To earn the award, your plant must get better each year. It becomes harder and harder to achieve.
"It really says a lot about the Cassville plant, because we are one of the few that have been able to do that consecutively," said Atwood. "We have one of the best safety and environmental performance records in Regal Beloit."
FASCO employees celebrated the achievement with a lunch catered by Subway. Celebrations were held during day and night shifts.