Crothersville Cerrowire Retail Division Receives Workplace Safety Award

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Gary Burns, Dianna Conner and Pam Colwell of the Cerrowire Safety Committee accepted the Governor’s safety award on behalf of the company.

On February 25, Cerrowire, Inc. Retail Division was awarded the 2009 Governor’s Workplace Safety Award for advancing occupational safety and health. Indiana Commissioner of Labor, Lori Torres, on behalf of Gov. Mitch Daniels, presented the honor during a luncheon ceremony at the Central Indiana Chapter of American Society of Safety Engineers and Indiana Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Safety and Health Conference & Expo in Indianapolis.

Cerrowire is a leading manufacturer of electrical building wire and cable. The company was founded in 1920 as Circle Wire and joined the Marmon Group of companies in 1976. The Marmon Group was acquired by Berkshire Hathaway in 2008. They operate manufacturing and distribution facilities in Crothersville, Hartselle, AL; Ogden, UT and Carrollton, GA.

During the entire year of 2008, there were no recordable accidents at the Indiana plant. This is the first year in the companyís 10 year history that it has gone accident free. They attribute the drastic improvement to cultivating a safety culture where every team member believes that all accidents are preventable and by taking a proactive approach to safety. In March of 2008, the company was certified in the Indiana Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (INSharp). They are currently the only INSharp company in Jackson County.

The 2009 Governor’s Workplace Safety Awards are a result of a partnership among government, business and safety leaders and the Indiana Department of Labor, on behalf of Gov. Mitch Daniels, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce and the Central Indiana Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers. The focus is on best practices for eliminating job-related accidents and illnesses, and saluting those organizations for which safety is the number one workplace priority. All 2009 recipients demonstrated a strong commitment to workplace safety and health through proactive innovation, education and work practices.

This year, awards were handed out in four categories: education and outreach, innovation, partnerships and overall excellence. Cerrowire won the overall excellence award in the small company category. “They have not only worked persistently to protect their employees, but they also engaged their workers in those safety efforts. The Indiana Department of Labor is proud to honor Cerrowire who works hard to protect our valuable Hoosier workforce,” Torres said.