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Employees at Accuform Signs in Brooksville rewarded with Angel Food Ministries groceries

Paulette Berardi carefully uses a razor to cut freshly laminated signs at Accuform Signs in Brooksville on Thursday.

WILL VRAGOVIC | Times

Paulette Berardi carefully uses a razor to cut freshly laminated signs at Accuform Signs in Brooksville on Thursday.

BROOKSVILLE — Accuform Signs, which manufactures signs that glow in the dark, as well as traditional "Warning, Flammable" and "Danger, Authorized Personnel Only" signs, recently celebrated a safety record of its own.

Two years. No lost-time accidents.

So on Thursday, employees were recognized for 752 accident-free days with a gift that everyone seemed to appreciate: groceries.

A lost-time accident is defined as any occupational injury or illness that results in an employee being unable to work beyond the day or shift on which the incident occurred, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

The previous record for the company, which has been at the Airport Industrial Park since 1984, was 400 days.

"With a couple hundred employees and dangerous equipment, there's always the opportunity for accidents," said David Johnson, Accuform president.

To celebrate passing the two-year mark, owners Wayne Johnson and David Johnson presented each Accuform employee with a gift certificate from Angel Food Ministries.

"The Angel Food Signature Box contains a wonderful variety of food that will feed a family of four for a week," said Wayne Johnson, Accuform's chief executive officer.

"It is our hope that each employee will use this food to gather as a family and reflect on what's important in each of their lives."

For previous milestones, Accuform has catered lunches and given away items such as T-shirts and gift cards. To mark this event, the owners said they wanted to provide a gift that could be shared at home and bring families together.

"Angel Food Ministries are committed to improving the lives of people all over the country, and so are we," said John Murphy, Accuform's director of customer care.

Accuform, which was founded in Pasco County in 1976, sells products to distributors throughout North America, South America and Asia.

Owners attribute the achievement to the company's commitment to safety, which includes regular safety committee meetings, with representation from each department.

"Employees are encouraged look for safety issues to address," David Johnson said.

Accuform employee Paulette Berardi has been with the company for five years and works as a laminator.

"This is the first company I've ever worked for that takes care of everyone," Berardi said. "We work hard for them, and they work hard for us."

Shary Lyssy Marshall can be reached at slmarshall.sptimes@gmail.com.

Fast facts

Angel Food Ministries

Employees at Accuform Signs received certificates for groceries from Angel Food Ministries, a program based in Monroe, Ga. Here's how the program works: Every month, orders are taken at churches throughout America, including several here, and then filled on the scheduled delivery days. Volunteers provide logistical support and distribute the food to families that participate. Typical food packages cost $30 and include about $65 worth of food. Additional information can be found online at www.angelfoodministries.com.

Employees at Accuform Signs in Brooksville rewarded with Angel Food Ministries groceries 08/27/09 [Last modified: Thursday, August 27, 2009 8:34pm]

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