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CaroMont Recognized for a Commitment to Safety at Work


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 Supply Services.

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.