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Beam Suntory in Clermont presented with second Governor’s Safety and Health Award

Labor Cabinet Deputy Secretary Mike Nemes visited Beam Suntory in Clermont recently to present a Governor’s Safety and Health Award for the 1,025,643 production hours worked without a lost-time incident by employees.

“On behalf of Gov. Bevin and the Labor Cabinet, I would like to congratulate Beam Suntory in Clermont on earning its second Governor’s Safety and Health Award,” said Labor Secretary Derrick Ramsey. “Working over one million hours without a lost-time incident is no easy task, and I think this award represents that kind of safety culture that exists at Jim Beam. Bourbon is one of Kentucky’s signature industries, and I’m proud our distilleries are looking out for the employees who are the very foundation of its success.”

Established in 2014, Beam Suntory is the third largest global producer of distilled beverages with 4,440 employees worldwide. Headquartered in Chicago, Beam Suntory is a subsidiary of Suntory Holdings Limited of Japan. Currently, Beam Suntory has 448 employees at its Clermont facility.

“Employee safety and product quality is our number one priority across all of our operations, so I couldn’t be prouder of our team here in Clermont and the work they’ve done to earn this prestigious honor,” said Beam Suntory Chairman and CEO Matt Shattock. “Our team also recently filled the 15 millionth barrel of Jim Beam since Prohibition, an industry first. That we’ve been able to achieve one million hours without injury in the face of such incredible growth, really demonstrates the safety-first mindset of this tremendous team.”

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.

“I congratulate the men and women of Beam Suntory for setting and acting on such excellent standards for their workplace and employees,” State Sen. Dan Seum, R-Fairdale, said. “This award is well-deserved, and I look forward to this company’s continual success in one of Kentucky’s signature industries.”

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 3.7 in 2015 to 3.4 in 2016, reflecting the latest available data. This rate has steadily declined since it was first calculated in 1996, when a rate of 8.4 was reported.

“Jim Beam’s employees deserve to be commended for this accomplishment, so I want to thank them for their dedication to workplace safety,” State Rep. Linda Belcher, D-Shepherdsville, said. “I also appreciate Jim Beam’s leaders for giving their employees the tools and training they need to keep them protected on the job. They’ve all set a great example for other companies to follow.”

For more information on the Governor’s Safety and Health Award, click here.

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