(Seguin) -- A local manufacturing plant is reportedly leading the state of Texas when it comes to being safe on the job. Alamo Group in Seguin on Wednesday celebrated 10 years of having a perfect safety record. The company celebrated the milestone with a Mardi Gras affair -- equipped with a catered breakfast for employees, decorative beads and live music provided by New Orleans style band, Gumbo Ya-Ya.
Company President Ian Burden says a celebration of this magnitude was indeed in order especially after having 10 years with zero lost time accidents. He says it's an incredible achievement for any company and is especially proud that Seguin is the only Alamo Group plant to have achieved that goal.
"Well today, Alamo Industrial in the Texas facility has reached 10 years or 3.2 million man hours without a lost time accident. I think it's absolutely incredible that we got a group guys so dedicated in creating a culture of safety that we've reached this milestone," said Burden.
Burden says to have this time of safety record, it takes the everyday efforts of each single employee.
"We take raw steel and we turn it into heavy pieces of equipment. So we cut, bend and we have a lot of dangerous equipment around here. We have tractors coming in, delivery trucks. So we have a lot of opportunity to get injured. So over a 10-year-period, we have consciously worked on the fact that you got to make safety a culture. It's got to be almost like breathing to think about safety. This group of guys in here have done an absolutely incredible job getting there and just as a point of interest -- I've had manufacturers from 11 different countries contact us and congratulate us for reaching this achievement. The fact that it's happening in Seguin today, I think it's absolutely amazing," said Burden.
Also on hand for the celebration was Pat Crawford, of the Texas Workers Compensation Commission. Crawford says there was definitely no way she would have missed this celebration. She says it's a rare accomplishment and believes Alamo Group leads the state in this milestone.
"I travel all over Texas and visit with employers and talk to employees all over the state. I don't know of another business that has accomplished what Alamo Group has accomplished. They have such a culture that emphasizes safety and the health and welfare of their employees, it's just amazing. I visited with employees this morning and they love working here. Of course, we all have a day or two that we don't want to go to work, but they love working here and they feel respected, cared about. Their work safety is part of they way business is done here every day. So I'm so impressed," said Crawford.
The accomplishment for Alamo Group equates to 3,650 straight days or 3.2 million man hours of working safely. Alamo Group is one of the world's largest manufacturers of "tractor-mounted mowers, brush-cutters and other similar equipment made for right-of-way clearing, roadside vegetation management and grounds maintenance."