Government workers at the Umatilla Chemical Depot reached a safety milestone last week, achieving one million consecutive man-hours without a lost workday injury.

Depot spokesman Michael Fletcher said it is the equivalent of 521 consecutive days for the workforce of 282 employees.

“This is a testament to the dedication of the workforce and our safety culture at UMCD,” said Lt. Col. Kris N. Perkins, commander. “We are only the second Chemical Material Agency depot to achieve one million hours.”

This is the first time that the government workforce at UMCD has achieved this level of safety.

Fletcher said about 1,900 man-hours are accumulated daily by the U.S. Army employees. UMCD’s achievement, along with the recent eight million man-hours without a lost day injury by the URS systems contractor earlier this year, demonstrates Team Umatilla’s focus on safety for the workforce, community and environment.

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