AgSafe, a California agricultural safety association, awarded its 2013 safety awards at its annual conference in Monterey, Feb. 28. This year the award for Safety Professional of the Year was given to Espie Estrada of the Blue Banner Company, a WG member and large citrus grower-packer located in Riverside, Calif. The award, called the “All Ways Safe Agricultural Safety Award” is a collaborative effort between AgSafe and DuPont Crop Protection to honor those that protect agricultural workers. The program recognizes both companies and individuals for their efforts to ensure the safety and health of our industry's tireless workforce.
Estrada joined Blue Banner several years ago and instituted significant changes in its work procedures and renewed focus on employee safety and training. The results over the last couple of years have been remarkable, with Blue Banner having virtually no injured workers or lost time due to injuries and its workers’ compensation premium shrinking to reflect that experience. These outstanding results were a direct result of Ms. Estrada’s focus on safety and made her a worthy recipient of the individual safety award. Ms. Estrada credited her management team and her employees as critical factors in her success. She also thanked Western Growers Insurance Services (WGIS) for its help and safety training efforts as well as its strong support for her loss reduction efforts.
Other winners include Roy House of J. G Boswell in Bakersfield for the operations safety individual; Colinas Farming for the small company award; and another Western Growers member, Ocean Mist Farms of Castroville, Calif. for the large company recipient.
WGIS is a full lines insurance brokerage with a team of safety professionals who assist members with safety and training needs. For more information about WGIS, safety training or the All Ways Safe Award program, please contact Greg Nelson, Assistant Vice President of Commercial Lines at (949) 885-2287.
Pictured above: (standing) Sergio Loya, with Western Growers Loss Control; John Knaak with Blue Banner; Henry Estrada; WG Account Manager Leo Sanchez; and WG’s Greg Nelson; (seated) Carlyn Knaak and Espie Estrada.
Congratulations to all the winners.
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