The 2016 Ginner Safety Round Tables were held recently in Georgia and Alabama. This is the Sixth year for the Georgia Round Tables and the fifth for Alabama. This year well over 200 Ginners from the two states participated in the three sites.
The Round Tables evolved out of discussions between the AgriTrust of Georgia and the Association staff in trying to come up with innovative ways to improve safety attitude. Most of the participants are the key crew leaders and staff for many gins. The idea is that these are the people that influence the seasonal crews and their attitudes play a crucial role in the success or failure of a safety program.
Participants rotated between stations that covered various topics. These aren’t meant to be safety ‘training’ but more of an exchange of ideas between ginners.
These would not be taking place without the help and leadership of the AgriTrust of Georgia. A special thanks goes to the gins that allowed these groups into their facilities. Growers Gin and Warehouse in Metter, GA, Worth Gin in Sylvester, GA and Milstead Farm Group in Shorter, AL. The staff and management of these gins made these Round Tables a success again. We also need to recognize SafeWorkforce Development and Kirby Ingram for bringing a great demonstration for lockout tagout.