Workers log over a half-million consecutive hours without days lost to injury
Suddath® reached a significant safety milestone in its Global Logistics division – over 500 days without lost workdays due to injuries. The impressive achievement means not only that the division’s 217 employees are enjoying working in a safer environment, but also that its clients benefit from uninterrupted efficiency and productivity.
Suddath, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, is a leading global transportation, relocation, and logistics company headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. Employees in the Global Logistics division are located in warehouses across the United States. Over the past 500 days, Suddath employees clocked 753,743 consecutive injury-free labor hours.
“I’m proud of our Global Logistics team for this milestone accomplishment of consistent high-quality care,” said Scott Perry, president of Suddath Global Logistics. “Safety is a leading indicator of quality. If we foster a safe, efficient, innovative, and caring environment for our employees, the sky is the limit on the outstanding solutions they can give our clients and partners.”
The Suddath commitment to being lost time injury (LTI) free is driven by a core belief embodied by Perry and the entire Suddath leadership team. “We are responsible to return everyone back to their loved ones in the same condition in which they arrive at work,” Perry explains.
The most recent figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics show there were 5,147 fatal workplace injuries and 2.8 million non-fatal workplace injuries across the country in 2017, with one-third of all non-fatal injuries and illness resulting in days missed at work. Statistics involving workplace injuries, particularly related to warehouses, are startling. For example, the Office of Environmental Health and Safety reported that about 200,000 forklift-related injuries occur in the U.S. annually, as well as 100 forklift-related fatalities.
“This milestone is a result of the safety culture built into everything we do,” said Mike Brannigan, President and CEO for The Suddath Companies. “Our goal is to be audit ready every day, so we have created an environment where making daily warehouse observations rewarding outstanding safety practices and taking corrective action or assigning training for near-misses is the standard. We’re focused on prevention and safety lives in our DNA.”
About Suddath Global Logistics
Suddath Global Logistics, LLC (SGL), a division of The Suddath Companies, provides flexible and scalable end-to-end supply chain solutions to domestic and international clients. SGL is a licensed non-vessel operating common carrier (NVOCC), freight forwarder, indirect air carrier (IAC), property broker and motor carrier of property. Service offerings include ocean and air freight with customs clearance; foreign trade zone (FTZ) operation; less than truckload (LTL) and full truckload (FTL) interstate transportation; final-mile delivery coordination; and a national network of distribution centers including medical and food-grade warehousing, value added services and cross-docking.
The Suddath Companies was established in 1919 and is a $500+ million global transportation, relocation management, and logistics company. Suddath employs over 2,000 people worldwide and has a coast-to-coast presence with more than 30 locations throughout the United States and service to more than 150 countries across the globe. Suddath boasts over 50,000 residential moves a year and 2.5 million square feet of warehouse space, and is a freight broker with more than 600 carriers under contract. For more information, please visit www.suddath.com.