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Smurfit-Stone's Hodge Mill Reaches Safety Milestone

Sept. 18, 2007 - Smurfit-Stone Container's paper mill in Hodge, Louisiana has become the first mill in company history to achieve 2 million hours worked without a recordable accident according to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards. The 2 million hours worked covered 539 days.

"Safety is something that we practice every day and try to incorporate into everything we do," said Roger Hagan, general manager at the Hodge mill. "The biggest thing that we have to really guard against is complacency, and we keep looking for new ways to improve our awareness and safety performance."

Hagan was the general manager at Smurfit-Stone's Stevenson, AL, mill in 2003 when that facility achieved one million hours without an OSHA recordable.

According to the Pulp & Paper Safety Association (PPSA), only seven mills have achieved one million hours worked without an OSHA recordable. Five of those mills are from Smurfit-Stone. In addition to Hodge, they include Smurfit-Stone mills in Hopewell, VA; Brewton, AL; West Point, VA; and Stevenson, AL.

SOURCE: Smurfit-Stone Container Corp.




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