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Safety record earns honors for Snap-on’s local plant

Elizabethton's Snap-On Tools plant has been chosen to receive the Governor's Award of Excellence for Workplace Safety and Health. The plant qualified for the Governor's Award by working more than 908,000 hours without a lost-time or restricted duty workplace injury or illness. The site's injury-free record dates back to May 2013. Pictured are TOSHA Administrator Steve Hawkins, left, and Brian Irwin of Snap-On Tools

Elizabethton’s Snap-On Tools plant has been chosen to receive the Governor’s Award of Excellence for Workplace Safety and Health. The plant qualified for the Governor’s Award by working more than 908,000 hours without a lost-time or restricted duty workplace injury or illness. The site’s injury-free record dates back to May 2013. Pictured are TOSHA Administrator Steve Hawkins, left, and Brian Irwin of Snap-On Tools

908,000 hours.
That’s enough time to watch 108 million television commercials.
Or listen to “Rocky Top” 20.5 million times.
And it’s long enough to earn recognition for workplace safety from your governor.
Elizabethton’s Snap-on Tools earned a top workplace safety award through “a strong commitment to maintaining a safe and healthy workplace,” according to Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips.
Snap-on Tools was presented the Governor’s Award of Excellence for Workplace Safety and Health this week at the closing session of the Tennessee Safety and Health Congress in Nashville.
“The evaluation criteria for this award are challenging, and this company has worked extremely hard to meet and exceed the standards the award requires,” Phillips said.
The Governor’s Award of Excellence goes to Tennessee employers and employees who meet a required number of hours without lost-time workplace injuries – those serious enough to cause an employee to miss a day of work or restrict normal job activities.
The plant earned the Governor’s Award by working more than 908,000 hours without a lost-time or restricted duty workplace injury or illness, with an injury-free record dating back to May 2013.
The number of hours required is based on the size of the company.
Elizabethton Plant Manager Jon Carley credited the plant’s employees for the safety accomplishment.
“This recognition reflects the commitment and hard work of all our associates to help create a safe place to work,” he said. “This would not have been possible without their help.”
The Elizabethton Snap-on Tools plant produces Snap-on wrenches, ratchets, and other hand tools.