Work safe

Employees of Gate Precast Co.’s Oxford plant gathered on June 16 to celebrate the planet’s receiving a safety award from the N.C. Department of Labor.

OXFORD — On June 16, the Gate Precast Facility in Oxford received the distinguished Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program award, being recertified as a SHARP company after a full service visit and review by the N.C. Department of Labor.

Department inspectors found that the Oxford facility’s injury and illness rates were below the national average for their industry. Additionally, Gate has an active safety committee dedicated to ensuring that the workplace remains safe.

Designated for small to mid-sized businesses, the SHARP award honors those companies that have developed and maintained good safety programs for workers.

“It takes the commitment, dedication, and effort of every member of our Gate team to ensure that the safety and health of all our employees remains our number one focus,” Gate Human Resources and Safety Manager Cynthia Nethercutt said.

In April 2020, the N.C. Department of Labor awarded Gate the Four Million Employee Hours Award. This award recognized Gate for having no lost workday accidents in over 4 million employee hours worked.

The Presentation of Four Million Employee Hours Award was equally significant. “I am very proud of our team in achieving four million employee hours worked with no lost time injuries, which goes back to May 2009,” Plant Manager David Owen said.

“The dedication exhibited by our employees in maintaining SHARP status as well as the Four Million Employee Hours award are outstanding accomplishments and reinforces our Gate family members’ uncompromising dedication to safety in the workplace,” said Gate VP of Operations Manager Travis Fox.”

The Oxford facility services projects in North Carolina and South Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Washington, D.C., and New York and began operations in 1995 as a producer of architectural precast concrete. The facility is on 41 acres and has 75,000 square feet of production area under roof.