PORTLAND, Maine – At its Annual Meeting of the Policyholders, workers’ compensation specialist The MEMIC Group presented awards for workplace safety to eight of its more than 21,000 policyholders. MEMIC Senior Vice President of Loss Control and Safety Services Karl Siegfried paid tribute to the following manufacturers for their workplace safety efforts at the Portland Museum of Art:
· Buffalo Games, LLC of Buffalo, New York
· Compounding Solutions, LLC of Lewiston, Maine
· Ducktrap River of Maine in Belfast
Buffalo Games, LLC is the premier manufacturing facility for jigsaw puzzles and party games in North America, selling more than 50 million puzzles and party games since 1986. Family owned with about 75 employees, they have had no lost time injuries in the past 3 years. “Award winning safety results start with ownership, and that culture of caring is embedded in management, spread to supervision, and permeates throughout the organization,” said MEMIC Safety Management Consultant David Darnley. “That’s what makes Buffalo Games special. That’s why Buffalo Games deserves this safety award.”
Compounding Solutions, LLC is committed to manufacturing specialty plastics compounds and concentrates of the highest quality, including satisfying the strict requirements of the medical device industry. In the past few years, the company has more than doubled the size of its facilities and workforce to 120,000 square feet and 100+ employees. “It’s got to be a culture, it’s got to start from the top and work its way through the managers right down to each individual employee,” said Owner/General Manager Scott Neal. “If any of the employees have questions or concerns, it’s very easy for any employee to go to any manager and ask them a question or ask for suggestions or offer suggestions,” said Maintenance Manager Gene Girouard.
Ducktrap River of Maine is a growing gourmet smoked fish and seafood company with a 45,000 square foot facility and 150 employees working 24 hours a day six days a week. “We’ve seen amazing results over the past 15 years as we’ve worked with them to improve ergonomic efforts throughout the facility, implementing adjustable height stools and tables in most production areas along with an aggressive ergonomic risk and control awareness program,” said MEMIC Safety Management Consultant Hartley Webb.
The MEMIC Group includes MEMIC Indemnity Company, MEMIC Casualty Company, and parent company Maine Employers’ Mutual Insurance Company; all rated “A” (Excellent) by A.M. Best. As a super-regional workers’ compensation specialty insurer, The MEMIC Group holds licenses to write workers’ compensation across the country. The group insures more than 20,000 employers and their estimated 300,000 employees, and holds more than $1.3 billion in assets. The group maintains offices in Manchester, NH; Glastonbury, CT; Albany, NY; Weehawken, NJ; West Conshohocken, PA; Tysons Corner, VA; and Tampa, FL; in addition to its headquarters in Portland, ME.