Sawmill Safety Awards

John Edgar Rhodes

Sawmill Safety Excellence Awards

Maintaining a safe workplace is a difficult task, especially when it comes to sawmills. That’s why the Southern Forest Products Association created the Sawmill Safety Awards in 2001 to recognize facilities with outstanding safety records. 

To honor his leadership and legacy, the award was renamed The John Edgar Rhodes Sawmill Safety Excellence Award in 2022.

The SFPA Safety Awards embody the impact, dedication and legacy of John Edgar Rhodes, one of the lumber industry’s most revered and celebrated leaders. He had a successful career in the forest and paper industry. Before the SPA, he was a personal secretary to Frederick Weyerhaeuser and was well-versed in forest management, newsprint production, and lumber manufacturing. At the Association, he served as secretary-manager from our founding in 1915 until his untimely death in 1923.  

Under John’s leadership, the SPA grew into the model trade association in American industry. He was a strong champion for the forest products industry – advocating for proactive forest resource management and standardized grading rules. 

SFPA Lumber Manufacturer members are considered for the John Edgar Rhodes Sawmill Safety Excellence Awards based on occupational injuries and illnesses submitted via OSHA Form 300A.

Safety performance is judged by how each mill’s safety record stacks up against facilities with comparable lumber output throughout the year, and awards are presented annually in three divisions:

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Year
Company
Location
Division
2022
Weyerhaeuser
Millport, AL
3
2022
Weyerhaeuser
New Bern, NC
2
2022
West Fraser Inc.
Lake Butler, FL
2
2022
West Fraser Inc.
Fitzgerald, GA
2
2022
Lampe & Malphrus Lumber Co.
Smithfield, NC
2
2022
Weyerhaeuser
Zwolle, LA
1
2022
McShan Lumber
McShan, AL
1
2021
Weyerhaeuser
Idabel, OK
3
2021
West Fraser Inc.
Opelika, AL
3
2021
LaSalle Lumber Co.
Urania, LA
3
2021
West Fraser Inc.
Whitehouse, FL
2
2021
West Fraser Inc.
Fitzgerald, FL
2
2021
Lampe & Malphrus Lumber Co.
Smithfield, NC
2
2021
Weyerhaeuser
Zwolle, LA
1
2020
Weyerhaeuser
Millport, AL
3
2020
West Fraser Inc.
Opelika, AL
3
2020
West Fraser Inc.
Mansfield, AR
2
2020
Almond Brothers
Coushatta, LA
1
2019
Weyerhaeuser
Philadelphia, MS
3
2019
Weyerhaeuser
Millport, AL
3
2019
Weyerhaeuser
Dodson, LA
3
2019
West Fraser Inc.
Whitehouse, FL
2
2019
West Fraser Inc.
Opelika, AL
2
2019
Weyerhaeuser
Zwolle, LA
1
2019
Ray White Lumber Co.
Sparkman, AR
1
2018
Weyerhaeuser
Idabel, OK
3
2018
Weyerhaeuser
Dodson, LA
3
2018
West Fraser Inc.
New Boston, TX
3
2018
Weyerhaeuser
Millport, AL
2
2018
Weyerhaeuser
Holden, LA
2