Cargill feed mill celebrates safety milestone

by MEAT+POULTRY Staff
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LONDON, Ark. – The Arkansas Department of Labor will honor Cargill’s London, Ark., pork feed mill to celebrate 35 years without a lost time accident in Arkansas. A ceremony will be held on July 24.

A lost time accident is an accident occurring on the job that results in at least one full day away from work, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Lost time days may include weekends, holidays and days used for vacation. Any accident that results in lost time must be reported to OSHA whether it occurred at the place of business or at a remote work site.

“The London facility began its feed mill operations in 1980, and there has not been a lost time accident since then,” Pat Pollack, Cargill Pork environment, health and safety (EHS) manager, said in a statement. “There aren’t many businesses in our industry that can make that claim. This accomplishment is not just a milestone for our facility, but a testament to Cargill’s devotion to the safety of its employees. We follow strict guidelines companywide, and firmly believe in the value of providing safety training and resources to all of our employees.”

The feed mill makes hog feed for nearly 100 contract farms in the region in addition to Cargill’s Sandy River sow farm. Annually, the facility processes more than 76,000 tons, or 152 million lbs. of hog feed. Work duties at the feed mill include grinding, mixing and pelleting feed, as well as lifting and handling several tons of feed daily and delivering the loads to farms, the company noted.

“The landscape of the world around us was much different when we opened our doors. As the world continues to evolve, so do our safety practices,” said Bud Akers, London feed mill manager. “We want to make sure that we continue to take the steps to not only minimize risks for our employees, but also for the contractors that come to our facility and the community around us. This commitment has allowed us to achieve more than 12,700 days without a lost time accident.”

Wichita, Kan.-based Cargill Pork operates five feed mills and two processing facilities across the United States. Its London facility operates approximately 12 hours a day, five days a week, with two shifts.
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