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13 years without losing a day as result of accident

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: May 01, 2014

  • TOP TEAM: Patrick Sweeney, general manager Smurfit Kappa Barnstaple (far right), Clive Bowers, CEO Smurfit Kappa Corrugated UK (centre left) and the Mayor of Barnstaple, Councillor Mrs Lesley Brown, (centre right).

  • SAFETY FIRST: Councillor Mrs Lesley Brown, mayor of Barnstaple; Clive Bowers, chief executive officer of Smurfit Kappa Corrugated UK; and Sue Fewings, HSQE manager of Smurfit Kappa Barnstaple.

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EMPLOYEES at specialist print and packaging company Smurfit Kappa Barnstaple have achieved 5,000 lost-time, accident free-days. This is the best performance of any of Smurfit Kappa's 311 European sites.

The 38 employees were applauded for their efforts by Lesley Brown, mayor of Barnstaple, at an awards ceremony held at the company's plant at Pottington.

Smurfit Kappa Barnstaple produces high-quality decorative print, low volume packaging and display material for a number of UK and European companies and relies heavily on the skills of its workforce for the production and hand finishing of designs and displays.

In achieving 5,000, lost-time accident free days, the 24 shop floor workers and 14 administrative staff have confirmed Smurfit Kappa's global reputation for placing health and safety at the core of its business strategy across all of its sites worldwide.

Complimenting the workforce on their achievement, Clive Bowers, chief executive officer of Smurfit Kappa UK, said: "This is an outstanding achievement. It is fantastic that for more than 13 years there has not been a single day lost as a result of an accident at Smurfit Kappa Barnstaple, and this performance is now acknowledged with the presentation of Smurfit Kappa's 2013 European Award for Sustainable Safety.

"It's also a very clear acknowledgement that the Barnstaple workforce care about the quality of the work they produce by paying attention to detail and ensuring their own safety at work."

Smurfit has operated in North Devon for more than 45 years and is one of the region's leading specialist decorative corrugated packaging manufacturers, printing, die-cutting and converting corrugated packaging, point of sale displays and other promotional devices for a range of household name and premium brands. It is also a member of the North Devon Manufacturers Association.

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