SFPA Announces 2019 Sawmill Safety Awards

Seven Southern Pine sawmills – all members of the Southern Forest Products Association (SFPA) – are recent recipients of the 2019 Sawmill Safety Awards.

SFPA lumber manufacturer members are considered for the award based on information submitted regarding occupational injuries and illnesses. Safety performance is judged by how each mill’s safety record stacks up against facilities with comparable lumber output throughout the year. The results for 2019 included reports from 52 mills that recorded nearly 18 million employee hours.

Division I includes sawmills that produce 50 million board feet or less; Division II covers facilities that produce 51 to 150 million board feet; and Division III includes mills that produce more than 150 million board feet annually.

The seven sawmills being honored for outstanding safety records during 2019 are:

Division 1 – less than 50 mmbf

  • Ray White Lumber Company – Sparkman, Arkansas
  • Weyerhaeuser Company – Zwolle, Louisiana

Division II – 51-150 mmbf

  • West Fraser – Opelika, Alabama
  • West Fraser – Whitehouse, Florida

Division III – greater than 150 mmbf

  • Weyerhaeuser Company – Philadelphia, Mississippi
  • Weyerhaeuser Company – Dodson, Louisiana
  • Weyerhaeuser Company – Millport, Alabama

 “Safety is important in all business, and the sawmill business is no different,” said SFPA Executive Director Tami Kessler. “We are proud that these SFPA member mills had zero recordable incidences in 2019 and commend them for striving to make their workplace a safe environment,” she added.