Safety in the workplace is essential.

Locally, DuPont is to be commended for celebrating a safety milestone that spans the last four decades. The North Towanda site has not had an event-related, lost workday case in 40 years. According to a recent news release from DuPont, the milestone, unprecedented for the company's Pennsylvania based operations, was achieved by a total Towanda plant population that has varied between 500 to more than 1,000 over the years.

A veteran group of employees has led the initiative, including Leland S. Ayers, Wayne R. Brown, David C. Browning, Dennis L. Cox, Timothy E. Davidson, Dennis P. Fries, Douglas W. Hicks, Gregory J. Kelley, John H. Rees, Thomas D. Roof, Ralph H. Schoonover II, C. Scott Turner and Dale C. Vanderpool.

Those 13 employees themselves accounted for 1 million of 57 million exposure hours without a major injury.

"Led by these 13 employees, this outstanding accomplishment is but one example of the total team commitment that all of our employees live out in support of DuPont's Core Values," said James Rodenhizer, plant manager. "The 40-year milestone allows us to pause and appreciate the safe work of not only our current employees, but also past employees. It's wonderful to be a part of this great team."

We agree with Mr. Rodenhizer, it's an outstanding accomplishment.