Kentucky scrap yard receives safety award

RMR's Newport, Ky., facility receives SHARP designation.

January 2, 2014
Recycling Today Staff
Pictured from left: Bob Eviston, RMR President; Brent Charlton, RMR safety manager; Arvil Pennington, RMR Newport plant manager; Anthony Russell, commissioner of workplace standards; and Mark Schaefer, DJJ EVP recycling.

River Metals Recycling (RMR) says its Newport, Ky., scrap metal recycling facility has received the SHARP (Safety & Health Achievement Recognition Program) designation from the Kentucky Secretary of Labor.

RMR says its Newport plant is the first recycling facility in Kentucky to earn SHARP status.

SHARP is designed to honor “smaller work sites that demonstrate an exemplary commitment to workplace safety and health.”

RMR has nine locations in Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio. The company says it is the largest scrap recycler in Kentucky.

Arvil Pennington, RMR Newport plant manager, and Brent Charlton, the company’s safety manager, accepted the award on behalf of RMR.

“River Metals Recycling employees’ commitment to safety has never been stronger, and this award reflects the entire team’s goal of zero accidents,” says Pennington. “Safety is our No. 1 focus, and providing a safe work environment is our primary responsibility.”

RMR President Bob Eviston comments, “First and foremost, to the River Metals Recycling Newport recycling team, congratulations and thank you for achieving the SHARP status. As you know, this honor is a result of your personal commitment to working safely as well as looking out for your fellow teammates, our customers, our suppliers, our vendors and our visitors to the recycling facility every day.”

RMR, headquartered in Crescent Springs, Ky., is wholly owned by The David J. Joseph Co. (DJJ), Cincinnati.