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Daviess Co. Company Gets Rare Safety Award

A Daviess County mill is recognized for safety, but it took a lot of work and money to make it happen.
Businesses are usually honored for their community service or their profits. But one Daviess County company is getting a rare honor from the state for their safety.

The Kimberly Clark Mill in Daviess County was honored for promoting safety and health.  But to get it, it tooks a lot of work, and a lot of money.

You can never be too safe at work.

"Our senior leaders are always encouraging us to improve in the area of safety," says Dan Lachmann of Kimberly-Clark.

Being safe paid off for the Kimberly-Clark paper mill near Owensboro. They got a star status from Kentucky's Volunteer Protection Program, the highest honor from the state.

"It's a safety health management program that helps them design what's necessary in their facility to have the safest workplace possible," says Anthony Russell of the Kentucky Labor Cabinet.

In fact, the mill's only the 11th active company to receive the honor from the Kentucky Labor Cabinet.

"It's very difficult."

How difficult? Mill manager Dan Lachmann says it took more than two years of audits, training and planning with OSHA, at a cost of more than $300,000.

"The OSHA representatives worked side by side with our folks, teach us how to see hazards, teach us how to reduce risks, and they audit all our facilities as well as our procedures and our policies. And then, we develop the plan to improve it," he says.

But, it's a drop in the bucket compared to the cost of being unsafe.

"We don't view it as a cost, we view it as an investment," says Russell.

"Our employees are worth it," Lachmann adds.

Labor Cabinet Secretary Larry Roberts says companies also undergo records review.
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