Smurfit-Stone wins honor from Pulp & Paper Safety
Five Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation facilities received
top honors and a total of 30 were recognized for their
outstanding safety achievements at the Pulp & Paper
Safety Association’s (PPSA) annual conference.
Smurfit-Stone’s Hodge, Louisiana, mill and Williamsport,
Pennsylvania, container plant earned the PPSA’s 2007
Award of Safety Excellence by achieving the best safety
records in their categories for three consecutive years.
The industry safety association presents only three awards
in this category each year.
The Hodge mill recently achieved a major safety milestone
by becoming the first mill in Smurfit-Stone’s history
to work more than three million hours without a recordable
Smurfit-Stone’s Oakland, California, recycling plant
and Homerville, Georgia, sawmill were recognized with
Best One-Year Safety Record awards for having the lowest
incident rate in their categories in 2007 as defined
by the standards set by the Occupational Safety and Health
Administration (OSHA). Both facilities completed the
work year without a single OSHA recordable incident.
Smurfit-Stone’s St. Louis recycling plant received the
Most Improved Award for showing the greatest improvement
in its category over the previous three years. The plant
had no reportable incidents or injuries in 2007.
Smurfit-Stone’s operations worked more than 50 million
hours in 2007 and finished the year with the lowest rate
of injuries and number of days lost due to occupational
injuries and illnesses in company history.
The company decreased its rate of injuries and illnesses
by nearly 10 percent compared to 2006, and reduced the
number of days lost due to occupational injuries and
illnesses by 48 percent.