Miller goes injury free - WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports

Miller goes injury free

  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Metro Albany's jobless rate climbs .3%

    Metro Albany's jobless rate climbs .3%

    Thursday, July 24 2014 8:54 AM EDT2014-07-24 12:54:21 GMT
    Information from The Georgia Department of Labor- The Georgia Department of Labor says Metro Albany's unemployment rate increased to 8.7 percent in June, up three-tenths of a percentage point from 8.4More >>
    The rate increased because of seasonal factors, such as the summer job loss among non-contract school workers and temporary layoffs, primarily in manufacturing. There were 60,500 jobs in Albany in June, down by 300, or 0.5 percent, from 60,800 in May. Most of the loss came in state government and the service-related industries.More >>
  • Air Algerie flight vanishes from radar

    Air Algerie flight vanishes from radar

    Thursday, July 24 2014 7:21 AM EDT2014-07-24 11:21:02 GMT
    ALGIERS, Algeria (WALB) - An Air Algerie flight with 110 passengers and 6 crew member has vanished from radar.The flight, which was headed to Algiers from Burkina Faso, disappeared about 50 minutes after takeoff.The plane's flight path passes over Mali where military unrest continues in country's north. The U.S. recently banned flights into and over African conflict zones, including Mali.This comes just days after a Malaysian Airliner was shot down over Ukraine killing everyone on boardCopyri...More >>
    ALGIERS, Algeria (WALB) - An Air Algerie flight with 110 passengers and 6 crew member has vanished from radar.The flight, which was headed to Algiers from Burkina Faso, disappeared about 50 minutes after takeoff.The plane's flight path passes over Mali where military unrest continues in country's north. The U.S. recently banned flights into and over African conflict zones, including Mali.This comes just days after a Malaysian Airliner was shot down over Ukraine killing everyone on boardCopyri...More >>
  • Two in custody following drug bust

    Two in custody following drug bust

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 11:13 PM EDT2014-07-24 03:13:15 GMT
    Two people believed to be involved in selling cocaine in a car wash behind a gas station on North Slappey are in custody tonight.More >>
    Two people believed to be involved in selling cocaine in a car wash behind a gas station on North Slappey are in custody tonight. More >>

October 3, 2002

ALBANY- Case after case is packed with Miller beer, while employees like 23-year veteran Donnie Goodman keep a close eye and hand on the high powered machinery.

"Of course it's very dangerous, if you don't watch what you are doing on a machine it can eat you up," Goodman said.

But since January of this year, none of the Albany breweries' 640 employees has been injured. Add that up and it totals more than one million hours.

"We've got all employees involved in safety from time they walk in the door until the time they leave," Plant Manager Chris Thelen said.

That clear by signs that serve as reminders in and around the plant, and a highly automated conveyor belt system that keeps workers from really ever having to lift anything.

"We try to reduce the physical tasking of employees as much as possible," Brian Roberts, Safety and Security Manager said. 

Some of the most important safety measures are helmets, goggles, and ear plugs.

How big of an accomplishment is one million hours? You could try to do it in your own life, you'd just have to go injury free for 114 years."

"It only takes a second to get hurt, got to keep mind on work to keep safe," Goodman said.

Especially with so much beer being bottled everyday here in Albany. Employees hope when they ship out their 100 millionth case of beer for the year in December, they'll also be the only of Miller's seven breweries that can say they went through the year accident free.

Albany holds the Miller record for the longest time without an employee having to be treated for an injury. They went 535 days back in 1986 and 1987.

posted at 6:15 p.m. by dave.d'marko@walb.com