National Office honored for workplace safety

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Indiana Department of Labor Commissioner Rick J. Ruble, from left, National 11th Avenue Facility Safety Manager Nicki Crawford, National Human Resources Generalist Brad Riker, National Santa Claus Facility Safety Manager Lisa Brockman, National Vice President of Global Operations Greg Meunier and Indiana Department of Labor Deputy Commissioner Tim Maley pose for a photo.

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JASPER — National Office Furniture, a brand unit of Kimball International Inc. has been recognized by the Indiana Department of Labor for exemplary efforts to protect workers from occupational safety and health hazards.

National received the 2018 Governor’s Workplace Safety Award in the Innovations for General Industry, large-sized company category for their Early Intervention Program. The program encourages employees to report early any discomforts associated with their jobs and to avoid repetitive motion injuries. The reports are reviewed by an outside resource, typically a physical or occupational therapist, who then makes ergonomic or process improvements and recommends specific stretches to reduce or eliminate the cause of discomfort.

National’s Director of Safety Vince Cooke called the award an honor.

“Through open communication with our employees we can identify potential risks and work to eliminate those risks,” he said. “Our vision is to be ‘injury free’ and the Early Intervention Program has been a tremendous benefit to our people.”

The annual Governor’s Workplace Safety Awards are a result of a partnership among government, business, and safety leaders, including the Indiana Department of Labor on behalf of Gov. Eric J. Holcomb, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, and the Central Indiana Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers. The award provides recognition for companies based on best practices of eliminating workplace injuries and illnesses, and salutes those who have made safety and health a top priority.

“We are honored to recognize some of the most dedicated workplace safety and health leaders in the state of Indiana,” said Rick J. Ruble, Indiana Department of Labor commissioner. “These companies and ‘safety heroes’ play a significant part in the greater cause of occupational safety and health for all working Hoosiers. We are so thankful for their commitment to protecting workers.”

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