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January 25, 2000

Workplace safety earns Columbia River Carbonates award

TUMWATER - The state Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) will present Columbia River Carbonates its "Meritorious Achievement Award" Jan. 26, 2000, for the company's exemplary workplace safety record.

Columbia River Carbonates earned the distinction for four calendar years - 1995 through1998 - without a workplace accident that resulted in an employee losing time off the job.

During that time, the company logged more than 400,000 worker hours, and its premium rates were discounted an average of 38 percent. This saved the company and its workers more than $157,000 in workers' compensation premium costs compared to similar firms with average claim experience.

In addition to those up-front savings, Columbia River Carbonates also participates in L&I's optional Retrospective Rating (Retro) program which earned them more than $174,000 in premium refunds during those four years. The company's refund average of 69 percent is three times higher than the average for all Retro participants.

Ken Mettler, Acting Region 4 Insurance/Consultation Manager for L&I, will present the award at 12:30 p.m. at the company's address, 300 N. Pekin Road, Woodland.

Columbia River Carbonates manufactures calcium carbonate and employs 56 staff.

The company's successful safety and claims management history reduces its workers' compensation premium rates the maximum amount possible. That discount will save them $900 in premium costs for each full-time employee in calendar year 2000.

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