Leonard Automatics Wins Gold Safety Award from N.C. Dept. of Labor

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Leonard Automatics receives its Gold Safety award from the North Carolina Department of Labor: (left to right) General Manager Scott Abernethy, Commissioner of Labor Cherie Berry, Assembly Foreman Joe Gibson, President/CFO Greg Watson. (Photo: Leonard Automatics)

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Fourth year in a row company has earned honor

DENVER, N.C. — For the fourth consecutive year, laundry equipment manufacturer Leonard Automatics has won the Gold Safety award from the North Carolina Department of Labor, the company reports. 

“At Leonard, we have a culture in which safety is our top priority,” says Scott Abernathy, Leonard’s general manager. “Our business operates more efficiently with an effective safety program, and I think it also shows our commitment to our employees’ overall health and well-being.”

The Gold Award is based on the days away, restricted, transferred (DART) rate, which includes cases of days away from work, restricted activity or job transfer, according to the North Carolina Department of Labor. 

Leonard says its people are the most important part of its success; therefore, the company takes their safety very seriously. It feels that workplace injuries not only affect the employee, but also affect their families, and, in turn, affect attendance and performance. 

The goal, according to Leonard, is to foster an injury-free workplace by making safety a part of its operational plan and including employees in that plan through committees, walk-throughs and meetings.

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