Tuesday, June 9, 2009
By Eric Fleischauer
GE Appliances’ Decatur refrigerator plant and its 1,400 employees recently received General Electric’s highest environmental, health and safety excellence award in the world for best overall performance.
GE based the Decatur award on the plant’s success in reducing workplace injuries and in adapting its manufacturing operations to more environmentally friendly processes.
The Decatur plant became the first GE appliance plant to earn the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Star Status. Other accomplishments that brought Decatur the EHS Excellence Award include a 30 percent reduction in reportable workplace injuries, a 45 percent reduction in workplace injuries causing lost work time for employees, a 21 percent reduction in hazardous waste generation, a reduction in landfill waste of 12 percent and an increase in recycled cardboard of more than 10 percent.
The Decatur plant manufactures over 1 million top-mount no-frost refrigerators per year in sizes ranging from 14 to 18 cubic feet.