Zumbrota Plant Earns Safety Award

May 7, 2013

The Minnesota Safety Council has awarded a Governor’s Safety Award to Dairy Farmers of America for superior performance in workplace safety and health at the Cooperative’s Zumbrota manufacturing plant. DFA received a Meritorious Achievement Award.

DFA is one of 227 employers that will be recognized at the Governor’s Safety Awards luncheon at the Minneapolis Convention Center on May 16.

“An effective safety program reduces injuries and costs, maximizes productivity and builds morale,” said Carol Bufton, president of the Minnesota Safety Council. “Employers such as DFA understand that protecting employees is not only the right thing to do — it’s also good business.”

“Employee and food safety are top priorities at DFA,” agreed Lucy Schwartz, plant manager. “Our employees play an active role in ensuring that we create a safe work environment, and this award is an honor our whole team can be proud of achieving.”

Since 1934, the annual Governor’s Safety Awards program has honored Minnesota employers with exceptional safety performance. Applicants are judged on several years of injury data as it compares with their industry’s national statistics, and on their progress in implementing a comprehensive safety program.

Winners are recognized at three levels: Meritorious Achievement Award, Outstanding Achievement Award and Award of Honor. As one of 143 Meritorious Achievement Award honorees, DFA has demonstrated incident rates that are better than the industry average for at least three years.

The Governor’s Safety Awards luncheon is part of the 79th Minnesota Safety & Health Conference, coordinated by the Minnesota Safety Council. The conference is the oldest and largest gathering of workplace safety and health professionals in the region. The Minnesota Safety Council, founded in 1928, is a non-governmental, not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life in Minnesota by preventing unintentional injuries (“accidents”).