The state Department of Labor recently recognized area employers and employees at the agency’s virtual annual safety awards banquet.

“We didn’t want COVID-19 to prevent us from recognizing these employers in the Rocky Mount area and surrounding communities who are making a commitment to their employees’ safety and health,” Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry said. “Over the years, North Carolina has experienced a declining injury and illness rate, which remains at a historic low 2.4 per 100 full-time workers for private industry. These employers continue to make North Carolina workplaces some of the safest in the country and deserve this recognition.”

The awards honor outstanding on-the-job safety achievements of each recipient during 2019. Recipients recognized are in Rocky Mount and surrounding counties.

Berry provided keynote remarks at the virtual meeting, which was her final safety awards presentation as labor commissioner. The banquet was co-sponsored by the Rocky Mount Area Chamber of Commerce.

The local recipients have met the stringent requirements necessary to receive a safety award. Under program rules, companies must have been free of fatal accidents at the site for which the award is given to be eligible.

Gold Award criteria are based on a DART rate that is at least 50 percent below the statewide rate for its industry. The rate includes cases of days away from work, restricted activity or job transfer.

Silver Awards are based only on cases with days away from work. They are recorded when the worker misses at least one full day of work, not including the day of the injury. The applicant must attain an Incidence rate for cases with days away from work that is at least 50 percent below the rate for its industry.

Recipients include:

Silver Awards — Rate of days away from work must be at least 50 Percent below the industry average.

First Year

  • City of Rocky Mount Fire and EMS.
  • City of Rocky Mount Parks and Recreation.
  • City of Rocky Mount Police Department.
  • City of Rocky Mount Public Works.
  • City of Rocky Mount Water Resources.
  • Engine Systems Inc.

Gold Awards — Rate of days away from work, job transfer or restriction must be at least 50 percent below the industry average.

First Year

  • Berry Global Rocky Mount.
  • City of Rocky Mount Administrative Services.
  • City of Rocky Mount City Managers Office.
  • City of Rocky Mount Finance and Taxation.
  • DHHS Division of Vocational, Rehabilitation Services Rocky Mount Unit.
  • LS Tractor USA LLC.
  • Rocky Mount Housing Authority, West End Terrace. — AMP1

Second Consecutive Year

  • Edgecombe-Martin County Electric Membership Corp.
  • QVC.

Fourth Consecutive Year


  • Cummins Rocky Mount Engine Plant.
  • Gregory Poole Equipment Co., Rocky Mount — Industrial Division.
  • Rocky Mount Electric Motor LLC.

Fifth Consecutive Year

  • ABB Inc., Pinetops.
  • Piedmont Natural Gas, Tarboro Resource Center.

Sixth Consecutive Year

  • Freedom Industries Inc.

Eighth Consecutive Year

  • Advanced Technology Services Inc., Site 423 Eaton, Middlesex.
  • Southern Mattress Co. Inc.

12th Consecutive Year

  • Pfizer Inc.

16th Consecutive Year

  • Keihin Carolina System Technology LLC.

17th Consecutive Year

  • Turn-Key Contractors Inc.

Million-Hour Awards: One million hours or more with no lost time accidents:

  • ABB INC., Pinetops, two million hours, Jan. 24, 2017, through Dec. 31, 2019.
  • Pfizer Inc., Rocky Mount, two million hours, Sept. 28, 2019, through Dec. 31, 2019.
  • Freedom Industries Inc., four million hours, Jan. 1, 2008, through Dec. 31, 2019.
  • Keihin Carolina System Technology Inc, 11 million hours, April 13, 2007, through Dec. 31, 2019.

More information on the Labor Department’s Safety Awards Program is available by calling 919-707-7855 or emailing Eursula Joyner at eursula.joyner@labor.nc.gov.