Nicholasville’s employees presented with Governor’s Safety and Health Award

Published 2:51 pm Thursday, May 3, 2018

From staff reports

Sargent and Greenleaf in Nicholasville was presented with its sixth Governor’s Safety and Health Award April 24 for over 1.1 million production hours worked without a lost-time incident by employees.  

“I want to congratulate Sargent and Greenleaf in Nicholasville on earning its sixth Governor’s Safety and Health Award,” Labor Secretary Derrick Ramsey said. “Working over 1 million hours without a lost-time incident is no small accomplishment and deserves to be celebrated. On behalf of Governor Bevin and the Labor Cabinet, it is my honor to acknowledge this achievement for the hard-working men and women at Sargent and Greenleaf.”

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Sargent and Greenleaf, an American-owned company since 1865, is a manufacturer of high security locks. S&G specializes in mechanical and electronic locks for safes, vaults, ATMs, and highly sensitive SCIF environments. For over 150 years, S&G has provided locking solutions for the government, financial, residential, and commercial industries globally. Currently, Sargent and Greenleaf has 121 employees at its Nicholasville facility.

“It is an honor to receive the Governor’s Safety and Health award for the sixth time in nine years,” Keith Deaton, CEO of Sargent and Greenleaf said.  “Every day we strive to provide safe environments for not only our employees, but for those who utilize our products, and this award is an exemplary testament to that. It’s our goal to continue Sargent and Greenleaf’s tradition of making safety our number one priority for years to come.”

According to a recent report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Kentucky employers reported the lowest incident rate for nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses in the state’s history. Based on a mathematical calculation that describes the number of recordable incidents per 100 full-time employees, Kentucky’s rate improved from 3.7 in 2015 to 3.4 in 2016. This rate has steadily declined since it was first calculated in 1996, when a rate of 8.4 was reported.

The Kentucky Labor Cabinet presents the Governor’s Safety and Health Award to highlight outstanding safety and health performance in Kentucky’s workplaces. A business may qualify for the award if its employees achieve a required number of hours worked without experiencing a lost-time injury or illness. The required number of hours is dependent upon the number of employees.

Along with the Kentucky Safety and Health Network, the Division of Occupational Safety & Health Education & Training also co-hosts the Governor’s Safety and Health Conference and Exposition each year. The 34th annual conference will take place next month at the Sloan Convention Center in Bowling Green from May 8-11. For more info and to register for the conference, please visit