CITY OF INDUSTRY, Calif., August 6, 2014 – 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 is pleased to announce that its Clearfield, Utah manufacturing plant has received the Liberty Mutual Insurance Silver Safety Award.
The Safety Awards are based on DART rates (Days Away, Restricted and Transferred), which are calculated by factoring the number of hours worked relative to the number of accidents at the plant. Low occurrences of accidents result in lower DART rates. In order to qualify for the Safety Award, a DART rate of at least 60% better than the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is needed with a minimum of 200,000 work-hours.
The Clearfield manufacturing plant achieved a DART rate of 1.62, which is 29% of the 2012 trailer manufacturing industry average of 5.5. “Being recognized by Liberty Mutual is a big deal. But not as big a deal as sending employees home to see their families and loved ones after every shift. Without the support of both Utility’s owners and employees, we could not have achieved this award,” said Dennis Wilson, Utility’s Clearfield Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Manager.
“This is the second Silver Award in a row for our Clearfield plant, and our 8th Liberty Safety Award since 2001. We are proud of the effort and dedication of our employees and management team for their continued commitment to keep themselves and their fellow employees safe,” said Bob Griffis, Corporate EHS Manager for Utility Trailer Manufacturing.
The Liberty Mutual Silver Safety Award was presented to Steve Smith (Utility’s now-retired Plant Manager and employee for 42 ½ years) and the entire management team, on behalf of all Clearfield employees. In presenting the award for Liberty Mutual Insurance, Robert K. Gardner (ARM), Risk Control Services, stated, “You and your associates should be very proud of this achievement that only a small percentage of companies qualify for.”
Utility currently operates five trailer manufacturing facilities across the United States. The Clearfield, Utah and Marion, Virginia plants manufacture Utility’s #1 selling refrigerated trailer. Utility dry vans are manufactured in Glade Spring, Virginia, and Paragould, Arkansas. Utility also has a facility in Enterprise, Alabama that manufactures flatbeds and Tautliners. For more information about Utility Trailer Manufacturing, visit: www.utilitytrailer.com.