Recently, Mars Petcare’s Miami, Oklahoma, facility was honored with the Three Million Man Hour Safety Award from the Oklahoma Department of Labor for accumulating 3 million work hours over seven years without a lost day away from work due to a work-related injury or illness.
Mars Petcare celebrated this significant safety milestone with an interactive Day of Safety and luncheon for its associates to honor the site’s achievement and commitment to creating a safe work environment. Chris Benge, chief of staff for Governor Mary Fallin, presented the Mars Petcare team with a state proclamation from Governor Fallin, with additional remarks from Miami City Manager Dean Krutih, who presented a city proclamation. Miami Regional Chamber of Commerce CEO Steve Gilbert and Mars Petcare Miami Site Director J.R. Smith were also scheduled to speak. Also in attendance were Paul Peepers, Oklahoma Department of Labor assistant director of safety standard; Brian Forrester, Ward 1 Councilman; Neal Johnson, Ward 3 Councilman and the Galena Fire Department.
“The state of Oklahoma is proud to be the home of Mars Petcare,” Governor Fallin said. “Mars Petcare has been a strong corporate citizen and has made a great impact on the local economy. Congratulations to Mars Petcare and their 80 hard-working associates at the Miami facility for seven years without a single day lost due to a work-related injury. Workplace safety and health is critical, and it’s an incredible milestone to reach. It is a testament to the dedication and leadership of every person who works there.”
Throughout the day, Mars Petcare associates went through several training stations with safety professionals, including the Galena Fire Department (pictured above), to continue learning about various ways to stay safe and focus on their commitment to remain accident free in the workplace.
“Not only does today mark seven years at our Miami site without a lost day away from work due to work-related injury or illness,
we’re also celebrating 20 years of Mars Petcare manufacturing at the Miami site in Northeast Oklahoma,” Smith said. “Today, we celebrate going home each day to our relatives the exact same way we showed up and remind ourselves that preventing future safety incidents starts with us.”
Mars Petcare has always strived to be a company that great people in Northeast Oklahoma want to join, stay and grow with, and this commitment to safety is one of many ways the company is delivering on that endeavor.
“The Miami, Oklahoma, community appreciates the 20-year track record of success that we are celebrating with the Mars Petcare Miami operation,” Gilbert said. “We are honored to recognize Mars Petcare’s amazing milestone of seven years with no accident or incident. I know I speak for our business community, the Chamber Board and our partners at the City of Miami, Northeast Technology Center and countless others in saying ‘thank you’ to the local and corporate leadership of Mars Petcare for remaining a top Miami, Oklahoma, employer, creating quality consumer products and making continuous capital investments and other contributions to our community, region and the state of Oklahoma.”