CaroMont Health and the Gaston Regional Chamber hosted the annual Safety
Awards Banquet on Tuesday evening at the Gaston Country Club. CaroMont
Health and several other organizations in the community were honored with
safety awards from the North Carolina Department of Labor to recognize
their commitment to ensuring safety in the workplace.
Cherie K. Berry, North Carolina Commissioner of Labor, presented Gold Safety
awards to ten CaroMont Health practices and departments, including: CaroMont
Family Medicine-Belmont, CaroMont Surgical Associates, Endocrinology,
Gaston Women's Healthcare, CaroMont Pediatric Partners-Belmont, Facility
Services, Imaging Services Ultrasound, Pediatrics, Public Safety and Sterile
The Department of Labor's Safety Awards Program recognizes private
and public firms throughout the state that achieve and maintain good safety
records. The program is designed to stimulate interest in accident prevention
and to promote safety in the workplace by providing an incentive to employers
and employees to maintain a safe and healthful workplace. Since 1946,
the program has presented nearly 2,000 awards each year.
Todd Davis, MD, Vice President, Patient Safety, Quality & Medical Affairs
Officer at CaroMont Health, spoke on behalf of CaroMont during the ceremony.
"We are honored to receive these prestigious awards from the NC Department
of Labor," said Dr. Davis. "Safety is a top priority at CaroMont
Health and tonight's recognition affirms this."
To qualify for a Safety Award, an organization must have had no fatalities
during the calendar year at the site or location for which the award was
given, and have maintained an incidence rate at least 50 percent below
the average for its particular industry group. There are two award levels
distributed—gold and silver. The Gold Award is based on the Occupational
Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Dart rate, which is based on rate
of days away from work, restricted activity or job transfer.