TUCSON, Ariz. - Fourteen composite panel facilities and one  corporation as a whole were recognized for their safety achievements during the Composite Panel Association's annual spring meeting held last week in Tucson, Arizona.

Louisiana-Pacific Corp. received the Safety Innovation Award for its Behavior-Based Safety Observation Program.

Awards were also given to participating manufacturing plants with exemplary safety records, including acknowledgments for long-term, annual, safety improvement, and safety achievement.  Awards were given to plants with low/less than 277,000 worker-hours per year (Class I) and high/more than 277,000 worker-hours per year (Class II).

The awardees for the best long-term safety record over the past three years were Arauco North America, Malvern, Arkansas (Class I) and Louisiana-Pacific Corp., Roaring River, North Carolina (Class II).  

The annual safety award for having zero incidents among Class I plants during 2015 was shared by Arauco North America (MDF), Bennettsville, South Carolina; Kronospan LLC, Eastaboga, Alabama; Plummer Forest Products, Post Falls, Idaho; Roseburg, Taylorsville, Mississippi; and West Fraser Mills Ltd. (WestPine), Quesnel, British Columbia.

Two plants recognized for safety improvement were Uniboard, Mont Laurier, Quebec (Class I) and Arauco North America (Particleboard), Moncure, North Carolina (Class II).

Ten plants were recognized for achieving an incident rate of less than 50% of the industry average over the past three years.  Class I plants were Arauco North America (MDF), Bennettsville, South Carolina; Arauco North America, Malvern, Arkansas; Roseburg, Missoula, Montana; Roseburg, Taylorsville, Mississippi; Timber Products Company (Ampine, LLC), Martell, California; West Fraser Mills Ltd. (WestPine), Quesnel, British Columbia.  Class II plants were Arauco North America, Sault Ste Marie, Ontario; Langboard, Inc., Willacoochee, Georgia; Louisiana-Pacific Corporation, East River, Nova Scotia; and Louisiana-Pacific Corporation, Roaring River, North Carolina.