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Fieldcrest mill whistle. volume (Spray, N.C.) 194?-19??, February 17, 1975, Image 1

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Fieldcrest Had Good 1974 Safety Record Hand injuries and slip or fall ijuries headed the list of lost- me accidents at Fieldcrest lills in 1974. Of the 87 disabling ijuries during the year, 32 were rom machinery and equipment, ccurring mostly to the hands, nd 18 were due to slips or falls. K. R. Baggett, Fieldcrest irector of safety and Work- len’s Compensation, in an nalysis of last year’s safety xperience, pointed out that the 7 accidents resulted in a requency rate of 4.2 disabling ijuries per million man-hours f operation, up slightly from 4.0 1 1973. The severity rate, the number f days lost due to injury per nillion man-hours of operation, i^as 365 in 1974, a substantial decrease from 594 the previous - year. “Hands and eyes are irreplacable,” Mr. Baggett said, “yet, every year numbers of industrial workers injure their hands while performing unsafe acts around machinery. The majority, if not all, of these hand injuries could be prevented if the workers would not attempt to repair, clean or adjust machinery that is in motion. The majority, if not all, of the eye injuries could be prevented if the workers wore the prescribed type of personal protective equipment.’’ Striking against objects or be ing struck by flying or falling objects accounted for 16 lost time accidents in 1974. “Injuries from these causes, in most instances, do not result in any prolonged disability or per manent partial disability,” Mr. Baggett said. “However, they are painful types of injuries and extra caution observed by the worker could result in the elimination of most accidents from these causes.” Mr. Baggett said “It is to the credit of employees that only six disabling injuries occurred as a result of strains and sprains during the year 1974. These are the types of injuries which often result in extended periods of disability due to the long healing period necessitated by the worker’s continued inability to perform heavy tasks of lifting, (Continued on Page Eight) The fresh multicolored print “Garden Party” is the key motif in the “Complements for the Home” collection. 'Complements For The Home' Introduced In Spring Line A new approach to merchan dising bed and bath fashions was introduced in the Fieldcrest Spring 1975 line with “Comple ments for the Home,” a fully accessorized and coordinated collection for the bed and bath which is being marketed jointly by Fieldcrest and Croscill, Inc., a major manufacturer of cur tains, draperies and bedroom accessories. The two major home furnishings manu facturers have agreed to market their respective merchandise as a coordinated story. Called “Complements for the Home,” the collection includes sheets, pillowcases, towels, a comforter and blanket made by Fieldcrest. Curtains, draperies, a pillow sham, dust ruffle, round tablecovering, bed canopy and bedspreads are made by Croscill. A fresh multicolored “Garden Party” print is the key (Continued on Page Two) J. G. Farrell, Fieldcrest energy coordinator, reads through material concerning the mounting cost of electric power. Power Costs Skyrocketing; Conservation Is Imperative The cost of electricity continues to be much in the news. The electric bills of many users have skyrocketed, mainly because of the “fuel adjustment clause” which permits power companies to pass on to consumers the increased costs of fuel (mostly coal) used in the generation of electricity. Since most of the power com panies that serve Fieldcrest plants in various states depend on coal for a large part of their fuel, the availability and cost of coal are of vital importance to Fieldcrest’s operations. “The company, like a house holder, is affected by the sharp rise in the cost of electricity. The cost per kilowatt-hour increased steadily during 1974, due to the fuel clause and rate increases,” said J. G. Farrell, Jr., of the Engineering Department, who is the energy conservation co ordinator for Fieldcrest. “Fieldcrest buys millions of kilowatt-hours each year to power its operations. This neces sary electricity has become an increasingly higher cost in doing business,” Mr. Farrell said. “This makes it more im portant than ever that we conserve electricity in every way possible. Dollarwise, elec tricity offers the greatest oppor tunity for savings because of the huge amount used.” In view of the continuing prob lem of fuel costs, no one can realistically expect that there will be a reduction in the cost of electricity. On the contrary, the cost is expected to go even higher, according to those in a (Continued on Page Three) Scholarship March 1 is the deadline for submitting applications for Fieldcrest or Muscogee Scholarships. Awards of the scholarships are to be an nounced in April. Those who wish to apply for a scholarship should obtain an application form from their area personnel manager or personnel office or call at the Employment Office of Fieldcrest Mills, Inc. in the General Offices building, Eden, or write to Mr. M. B. F'ranklin, Industrial Relations De partment, Fieldcrest Mills, (Continued on Page Seven)

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