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Evonik Plant achieves major milestone

June 29, 2011

The Borger Evonik Carbon Black Plant recently celebrated a major milestone. Employees worked 1.8 million hours (4,015 days) without a lost time accident. PHOTO BY DON RICE

Employees at the Evonik Carbon Black Plant in Borger have achieved a significant milestone.
The employees at the plant have worked 1.8 million hours, or 4,015 days, without a lost time accident.
A lost time accident is defined as a work-related injury resulting in at least one day off the job.
According to Jack L. Clem, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Inorganic Materials (Business Line Carbon Black), a dedicated workforce, management commitment, and strong training are the reasons for an accident-free production site over the last three years.
The men and women at the plant are an example of how a proactive approaching to safety commitment makes a difference.
“Our employees strive to make safety a priority and Evonik strongly supports that initiative,” Steven Hubertus, Borger Plant Manager, said. “This achievement demonstrates our commitment to safety, both our own and that of coworkers.”
To commemorate the accomplishment, employees of the facility and their families participated in a family barbecue and fun night at the local Wonderland Park as recognition for achieving the 11-year record.
“While a firm pat on the back is certainly in order, there is no room for complacency,” Hubertus said. “It is not about breaking records, but about maintaining a safe atmosphere to ensure each person goes home unharmed at the end of every shift.”
Evonik’s carbon black plant in Borger produces furnace and thermal-grade carbon blacks for the pigment and rubber industries in North America.

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