Graphic Packaging celebrates milestone


First Posted: 6/21/2009

LUMBERTON The Lumberton site of Graphic Packaging International Inc. recently reached a major safety milestone.
On May 24 the plant logged 2 million man hours worked without a lost time injury, said Luther Oxendine, plant safety manager.
Working two million hours without a lost time incident is a major accomplishment in any industry, and even more so in an industry like Graphic Packaging where there is still a lot of manual manipulation of the product, said Oxendine.
The 2 million hours worked without a lost time injury equates out to about three years of actual work time, he said.
The milestone was reported to the North Carolina Department of Labor last week, and the local plant held a celebratory luncheon. Just as impressive is the employees have now worked for more than eight months without a recordable incident, Oxendine said.
Both of these accomplishments are based on a firm commitment to working safely, identifying potential hazards, and being engaged in the safety culture, said Jim Jackmore, plant manager.
Graphic Packaging tries hard to provide its workers with the safest work environment possible and this recent achievement marks a steady improvement in the sites safety record throughout recent years, according to Jackmore.
Although he wants the employees to be proud of their recent achievement, Jackmore also wants the 320 employees at the facility to understand that this kind of safety performance should be viewed as a normal expectation instead of an exception.
Graphic Packaging International Inc., a subsidiary of Graphic Packaging Holding Company, headquartered in Marietta, Ga., is a leading provider of packaging solutions for a variety of products to food, beverage and other consumer products companies.
The company is the largest global producer of folding cartons and holds a leading market position in coated unbleached paperboard, coated-recycled boxboard and specialty bag packaging.

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