Leggett & Platt earns state safety and health award

Leggett & Platt Inc. “Winchester Spring” received its second Governor’s Safety and Health Award for working over 800,000 labor hours without a lost time accident.

Michael Nemes, deputy secretary of the Kentucky Labor Cabinet, presented the award to Chuck Denisio, branch manager at Leggett & Platt.

The Governor’s Safety and Health Award recognizes employers and its employees for its safety and health performance as well as encourages the development of programs designed to reduce and eliminate occupational injuries and illnesses, according to Kentucky Safe’s website. Winning companies must achieve the minimum required number of hours worked without experiencing a lost-time injury or illness at their establishment.

Denisio said the company made a change in 2007 following the realization it was spending over $1,300,000 in worker’s compensation. Since then, the company made changes and has significantly decreased the number of on-site accidents resulting in missed work.

Leggett & Platt, Inc “Winchester Spring” received its first Governor’s Safety and Health Award in 2013 to 2014 fiscal year after working 584,205 hours without a lost-time injury or illness.

The company upped inspections and made a comprehensive effort to do better, he said.

“I’ve been with the company for 43 years, and when I started it was okay sometimes to get hurt,” he said. “But It’s not okay to get hurt. So this is a huge honor. There’s less than 10 percent of the companies in Kentucky that will ever get to this point. So we’re just honored to be able to have that opportunity again.”