News Release

Mercury Marine Wins 22nd Annual Corporate Safety Award

Global marine manufacturing company to be honored during annual Wisconsin Safety & Health Conference and Expo in Wisconsin Dells May 17-18

Madison - The Wisconsin Safety Council, the state's leading provider of safety training and programming, and the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) will honor Mercury Marine as one of 15 companies to win this year's Wisconsin Corporate Safety award.

"This year's winners embody the success stories that make Wisconsin one of the safest states to work" said Janie Ritter, director of the Wisconsin Safety Council. "We would like to congratulate the winning companies along with all the finalists as they are true models to businesses across the state of what it means to make the safety of their employees a priority each and every day".

The winners were chosen based on information they provided on their organization's safety and health leadership, training and implementation programs, and employee participation. Their applications also included information on their safety accomplishments and goals. The applications were judged by an independent panel of 45 safety, insurance and human resource professionals.
"On behalf of the State of Wisconsin, I congratulate this year's Wisconsin Corporate Safety Award winners who are leading by example and understand the importance of safety both in and around the workplace," said Department of Workforce Development Secretary Ray Allen.
"We are honored to win the Corporate Safety Award in the state of Wisconsin," said Jim Sutton, Mercury Marine director of safety and occupational health. "Our safety values at Mercury drive our success and those values deal with respect, dignity, humility and integrity. To be recognized for our dedication to safety is a testament to the hard work of every employee at Mercury Marine to ensure that our workplace is safe and we will continue to make safety a priority every day."
Mercury Marine is the world's leading developer and manufacturer of marine propulsion systems for recreational and commercial applications. Mercury continues to lead the way in technology aimed at a safe working environment.  The company's ergonomics program implemented robotic automation of propeller grinding and similar automation in its aluminum die cast trim operations. Significant improvements were made in air quality, machine safeguarding and emergency notification systems.
In 2015, Mercury Marine implemented both a supervisor roadmap to provide guidance in core safety activities and a pre-startup safety review process for new machine installations. In 2015, Mercury Marine saw a 25% reduction in total recordable injury rates and a 50% reduction in lost time injury. Restricted work days had a 43% reduction while there was an 82% reduction rate in days away for lost time injuries.
The awards will be presented during the 74th annual Wisconsin Safety and Health Conference at the Kalahari Resort and Convention Center in Wisconsin Dells on May 17-18, 2016.
Founded in 1923, the Wisconsin Safety Council is Wisconsin's leading provider of workplace safety training and programming and is dedicated to saving the lives of Wisconsin workers. As the state chapter of the National Safety Council, WSC is the educational division of the Wisconsin Manufacturers' Association and the Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce. Representing more than 4,000 organizations across the state, WSC provides training, products, certification, research, resources and collaboration for the thousands of safety and health professionals in Wisconsin. For more information, contact the Wisconsin Safety Council at 800-236-3400 or visit