(Bismarck, North Dakota) -- Knife River Corporation employees continued their strong safety commitment, marking another year of reduced injury and illness rates. In the past 11 years, Knife River has reduced its injury and illness rates by 83 percent.
In 2010, Knife River’s overall recordable-incident rate was 2.19, down 19 percent from 2009 and 50 percent lower than the national industry average. The lost-time-accident rate for 2010 was 0.41, which is 14 percent lower than 2009 and 75 percent below industry average.
“This is a remarkable achievement that every employee can take pride in,” said Knife River Corporation Safety Director Zach Knoop. “Safety is a fundamental value of our organization and we know the positive effect it has on business performance. It is more than compliance, it is about fostering a culture of safety, and that is what we are working hard to achieve.”
In 2010, Knife River increased its safety training efforts, rolling out company-wide safe driving training and electrical safety education, plus individual operations have employee-driven safety teams addressing areas of concern.
“I commend every employee at Knife River for making safety the top priority each workday,” said Knife River’s President and CEO Bill Schneider. “In an industry that can pose many safety hazards, our employees have worked hard to minimize risks and came together as a team to meet safety goals.”
Knife River Corporation mines aggregates and markets crushed stone, sand, gravel and related construction materials, including ready-mixed concrete, cement, asphalt, liquid asphalt and other value-added products in 14 states. It also performs integrated construction services. Knife River operates in the central, southern and western United States and Alaska and Hawaii. Knife River is an indirect subsidiary of MDU Resources Group, Inc., a Fortune 500 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange as “MDU.” For more information about Knife River, visit the company’s Web site at www.kniferiver.com.