Arkansas Manufacturing Plant Receives Safety Commendation Award

Utility Trailer Manufacturing Company, the industry’s largest manufacturer of refrigerated trailers and a leading manufacturer of dry freight vans, flatbeds and Tautliner curtainsided trailers has announced that its Paragould, AR manufacturing plant has received the Liberty Mutual Insurance Safety Commendation Award.

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CITY OF INDUSTRY, CA — Utility Trailer Manufacturing Company, the industry’s largest manufacturer of refrigerated trailers and a leading manufacturer of dry freight vans, flatbeds and Tautliner curtainsided trailers has announced that its Paragould, AR manufacturing plant has received the Liberty Mutual Insurance Safety Commendation Award.

Utility’s Paragould, AR trailer manufacturing plant was recently presented the Liberty Mutual Safety Commendation Award. Liberty Mutual's Safety Awards are based on the days away, restricted and transferred (DART) rate, which is calculated from the number of hours worked relative to the number of accidents at the plant. Lower numbers of accidents result in lower DART rates. In 2015, Utility’s Paragould plant had a DART rate of only 1.76, with over 1.36 million worked hours. The average DART rate for the trailer manufacturing industry was significantly higher, at 4.2.

“Our employees continue to take safety seriously, and we appreciate Liberty Mutual’s continuing recognition of our efforts with their Safety Awards,” said Sean Graddy, Utility’s Paragould Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Manager.

“This is another significant milestone. The Paragould plant has now received its 10th Liberty Safety Award, and most importantly has continued to maintain an exemplary safety record,” said Bob Griffis, Corporate EHS Manager for Utility Trailer Manufacturing.

David Neighbors, Utility’s Paragould Plant Manager, stated: “I am very proud of this group's dedication to safety. To again be recognized by our partner Liberty Mutual during a year in which this plant set new records for production and efficiency is a tribute to all the employees here. Thanks, Paragould.”

Dale Innis (CSP), of Liberty Mutual Insurance, Risk Control Services, presented the Safety Award to a group of Paragould employees, on behalf of all Utility’s Paragould employees.

Innis praised the Paragould plant’s safety record: "Liberty Mutual would like to congratulate the employees and management for their outstanding safety performance to achieve this award. Everyone at Utility Trailer — Paragould, AR should be proud of this achievement."

Standing-Left to right: David Neighbors, Dale Innis of Liberty Mutual, Bobby Wilson, Hope Lutrell, Mary Pierce, Rachell Boudreau, John Oliver, Jim Rison and Jeremy Dogan. Kneeling-Left to right: Sean Graddy, Scott Maxwell and Joe Upchurch (Photo: Business Wire)Standing-Left to right: David Neighbors, Dale Innis of Liberty Mutual, Bobby Wilson, Hope Lutrell, Mary Pierce, Rachell Boudreau, John Oliver, Jim Rison and Jeremy Dogan. Kneeling-Left to right: Sean Graddy, Scott Maxwell and Joe Upchurch (Photo: Business Wire)
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