Wheat Growers named one of America’s safest companies

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Aberdeen, SD — Wheat Growers has been named one of America’s Safest Companies by EHS Today. America’s Safest Companies honors companies in the United States that have clearly demonstrated their commitment to employee safety and health, environment management and risk control. Companies on the list represent a diverse set of industries that includes, for the first time, an agricultural organization.

“Wheat Growers is proud to be the first agricultural organization to receive this award,” CEO Dale Locken says. “Our success as one of the largest farmer-owned cooperatives is driven by a set of core values that includes a commitment by our employees, board and leadership to a positive safety culture. Wheat Growers employees continue to reinforce that value by doing their job safely, productively and efficiently every day.”

According to EHS Today, to be considered one of America’s Safest Companies, companies must demonstrate transformational environmental, health and safety leadership in the form of support from management and employee involvement; innovative solutions to safety challenges; injury and illness rates significantly lower than the average for their industries; comprehensive training programs; evidence that prevention of incidents is the cornerstone of the safety process; excellent communication internally and externally about the value of safety; and a way to substantiate the benefits of the safety process.

“Wheat Growers is honored to be recognized as one of America’s 10 safest companies by EHS Today,” Bill Spreeman, Wheat Growers Vice President, Safety, Environmental and Regulatory Affairs, said. “This recognition is the result of our employees’ ongoing commitment and passion to a positive safety culture and reflects the sustained performance and continuous improvement we have experienced in our established, industry-leading safety metrics.”

Wheat Growers will be honored at an awards ceremony September 20, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as part of the EHS Safety Leadership Conference. The cooperative will also be included in the 2016 America’s Safest Companies feature in the EHS Today November issue.