Owensboro wholesale foodservice distributor CRS OneSource presented governor’s safety award

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Labor Cabinet Deputy Secretary Mike Nemes has presented CRS OneSource in Owensboro with a Governor’s Safety and Health Award for the over 500,000 production hours worked without a lost-time incident by employees.

“I want to congratulate CRS OneSource in Owensboro on earning its first Governor’s Safety and Health Award,” said Labor Secretary Derrick Ramsey. “Working over 500,000 hours without a significant injury indicates the value CRS places on keeping its employees safe and healthy. On behalf of Governor Bevin, I thank you for your hard work and dedication toward maintaining a safe working environment.”

Founded in 1948, CRS OneSource is a family-owned, broadline regional distributor of wholesale foodservice products. Its customers include independent restaurants, schools, healthcare facilities, hotels, and convenience stores located in the Western Kentucky, Northern Tennessee, Southern Indiana, and Southern Illinois areas. CRS OneSource now employs 165 people at its headquarters in Owensboro.

“We are extremely excited to be recognized for this great achievement,” said Barry Frey, Vice President, CRS OneSource. “Safety is an issue we take very seriously and for our employees to see their dedication and attention to safety be celebrated by the Kentucky Labor Cabinet is wonderful. They deserve it! 500,000 hours without a loss time accident, considering the amount of large equipment and boxes that are constantly moving every day in our warehouse, is a testament to the incredible workforce that we are very fortunate to have.”

State Sen. Joe Bowen (Owensboro) and State Rep. Suzanne Miles (Owensboro) also offered praise.

“I would like to offer my congratulations to the hardworking men and women at CRS OneSource for their dedication to a safe and healthy workplace environment,” Sen. Bowen said. “I applaud any company that goes above and beyond to ensure the wellbeing of its employees and CRS OneSource has done an excellent job in setting and meeting such high expectations.”

“I commend CRS OneSource for making worker safety a top priority and Gov. Bevin and the Kentucky Labor Cabinet for recognizing their tremendous efforts,” Rep. Miles said. “CRS, which has been a Kentucky staple for almost 70 years, has gone above and beyond to ensure their Owensboro facility is free of known health and safety hazards, which shows the commitment they have to ensuring the well-being of their employees.”

The Kentucky Labor Cabinet presents the Governor’s Safety and Health Award to highlight outstanding safety and health performance in Kentucky’s workplaces. A business may qualify for the award if its employees achieve a required number of hours worked without experiencing a lost time injury or illness. The required number of hours is dependent upon the number of employees.

According to a recent report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Kentucky employers reported the lowest incident rate for nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses in the state’s history.

Based on a mathematical calculation that describes the number of recordable incidents per 100 full-time employees, Kentucky’s rate improved from 3.8 in 2014 to 3.7 in 2015 – reflecting the most recent data available. This rate has steadily declined since it was first calculated in 1996, when a rate of 8.4 was reported.

For more information on the Governor’s Safety and Health Award, visit kysafe.ky.gov.

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