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2018 SCGA Safety Awards

Hembree Brandon

March 23, 2018

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Mid-South cotton gins turned in an excellent safety performance record during the 2017 season, with 17 gins in the five-state area earning Diamond Awards, the highest level conferred by the Southern Cotton Ginners Association. That was up from 11 Diamond winners the previous year.

Additionally, 21 gins won the next highest award, Platinum; 16 won gold; 22 won silver and 6 won bronze.

“It’s impressive to see a room full of gin managers and employees who are receiving awards for their safety accomplishments,” said Randy Ainsworth, SCGA president, in welcoming the group. “I recall when we started this effort we had about two tables of people getting awards.

“This program, with the cooperation of gin management and their constant emphasis on training, has made a tremendous difference in our member gins. Speaking personally, I love baseball, and I can’t imagine losing an arm or a leg and not being able to swing a bat or play pitch with my kids. We don’t want to see that, or worse, happen to anyone in our gins.

“Protecting our workers is paramount, but the program has had other benefits, including improvements in efficiency and a reduction in insurance costs.”

Ainsworth commended SCGA Safety Director William Lindamood and the Gin Safety Committee for their work to continually improve the program. Committee members are Buddy Cochran, Mississippi, chairman; Kevin Watts, Arkansas; Buddy Tanner, Louisiana; Scotty Morgan, Missouri; and Bubba Burks, Tennessee.

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The 2017 season saw an increase in cotton acreage, Lindamood said, and a late crop in many areas resulted in a later start to harvest and ginning, with some gins running into January. “We’re extremely pleased that there were no deaths during the 2017/18 period, and through the first week of December, no amputations. Then, unfortunately, there were two amputations within one week. We need to continually emphasize at weekly safety meetings how important it is to be aware of crew fatigue during the ginning season.”

Two accidents occurred despite electronic fail-safe devices, he said. “A worker assumed that the lint cleaner saw was stopped because the electronic locks allowed the door to be opened, and he didn’t verify that the saw was stopped. A press worker was injured trying to re-press a bale when the door automatically closed. He was standing on a safety pressure mat that didn’t prevent the door motion from occurring. Always practice lock-out/tag-out, with verification.”

There were two broken ankles during the ginning season, Lindamood said. “One happened on the yard, and one inside the gin. Training on fall protection and walking working surfaces continues to be important.

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“All of our award winners are striving to make their safety programs even better. Safety starts at the top, with owners and managers. They don’t want any employee to be hurt, and when they make safety No. 1 on their must-do list, it pays dividends all down the line. With everyone working tougher to keep attention focused on this goal, we can do everything possible to make our workplaces accident-free.”

SCGA continues to strive to eliminate workplace accidents “through teamwork to promote a culture of safety,” he said. “In 2018, we’ll continue to emphasize effective operational training and documentation, and will assist gins with regulatory compliance.”

In the past ginning season, Lindamood noted, there were 131 SCGA member gins operating in the Mid-South: 29 in Arkansas, 18 in Louisiana, 36 in Mississippi, 23 in Missouri, and 25 in Tennessee. “We’re hoping, in 2018, to see a continued increase in cotton acres and bales ginned — and a reduction in accidents.”

Southern Cotton Ginners Association Excellence in Safety Award Winners 2018



Cotton Growers Inc., Dell

McGehee Producers Gin, McGehee


Black Oak Gin Co. Inc., Black Oak

GPS Gin Co. Inc., Portland

Kiech-Shauver-Miller Gin Co., Monette

Lee Wilson and Company Gin, Wilson

Monette Coop Gin, Monette

Portland Gin & Warehouse, Inc., Portland

Senter & Sons Gin LLC, Osceola


Childress Gin & Elevator Co., Inc., Monette

Delta Cotton Cooperative, Inc., Marmaduke

Dixie Gin of Poinsett Cty. Inc., Trumann

Graves Gin Corporation, Rector

McClendon Mann & Felton Gin, Marianna

McClendon Mann & Felton Gin #3, Brickeys

New Peoples Gin Co. Inc., Holly Grove


Rabbit Ridge Gin & Whse., Dyess

Taylor Gin Co., Gould


W.B. deYampert Gin, Wilmot



Catavoy Cotton Gin, LLC, Jonesville

McNutt Gin Inc., Boyce

Tri-Parish Gin, LLC, Lettsworth


Tanner & Co., Frogmore

Tensas Co-op Gin, Inc., Newellton


Rapides Grant Gin II, Boyce


Planters Gin Company, St. Joseph


Valley Gin Inc., Shreveport


Associated Producers Co-op, Winnsboro



Bernie Farmers Gin, Malden

Blakemore Cotton & Grain LLC, Campbell

Farmers Union Gin & Warehouse Co. Inc., Senath

Portageville Farmers Gin, Portageville

Sandy Ridge Cotton Co. LLC, Malden

Vanduser Gin Co., Inc., Vanduser

White Oak Gin, White Oak


A.C. Riley Cotton Co., Inc., New Madrid

Caruthersville Gin, Caruthersville

Stokes-Mayberry Gin Co., Inc., Malden


4-Way Gin, Senath

Dalton Cotton Company, Senath

Graves Kennett Gin, Kennett


Bootheel Cotton Co., Matthews

GT Cotton Company LLC, Cardwell

Mahan Gin Co, Parma

McCord Gin Company, Gideon

Peach Orchard Gin Co. Inc., Gideon

Richardson Gin, Inc., Marston


Cooter Cotton Gin, Cooter




Silver Creek Gin Co., Holly Bluff

Vance Gin Co. Inc., Clarksdale


Avon Gin Inc., Avon

Bogue Chitto Gin, Macon

Hi Grade Gin Corp., Winona

Quito Gin Company, Itta Bena

Yalobusha County Gin Company, Inc., Coffeeville

Yazoo Planters Gin Co., Yazoo City


Farmers Gin, Inc. of Hamilton, Hamilton

Vaiden Farmers Gin, LLP, Vaiden


Como Consolidated Gin Co., Inc., Como

Four County Gin Inc., Calhoun City

Gaddis & McLaurin Gin, Bolton

Greenwood Gin Inc., Greenwood

Mattson Gin Inc., Lyon

North Delta Gin LLC, Marks

Tunica Gin Corp., Tunica


Bobo Moseley Gin Company, Lyon

Grundfest & Klaus Gin, Cary

Midnight Gin Co. Inc., Midnight


Tri County Gin Company, Batesville 




Burlison Gin Company, Inc., Burlison

Espey Gin Co., McLemoresville

Longtown Gin, Mason


Arp Cotton Gin Co. LLC, Ripley

Cairo Farmers Gin, LLC, Alamo

Union Gin Co. Inc., Brownsville


Crockett Mills Gin, LLC, Crockett Mills

Halls Gin Company, Halls

Hickory Valley Gin, Hickory Valley 


Bemis Gin LLC, Jackson

Crockett Gin Co. LLC, Maury City

Farmers Friendship Gin, Inc., Friendship

Farmers Gin of Humboldt, Humboldt

L & H Gin, Alamo

Phoenix Gin Co., Tiptonville


Tennessee Gins & Warehouses, Covington

Two Way Gin Co., Inc., Brownsville


Nut Bush Gin Co. Inc., Brownsville

About the Author(s)

Hembree Brandon

Editorial director, Farm Press

Hembree Brandon, editorial director, grew up in Mississippi and worked in public relations and edited weekly newspapers before joining Farm Press in 1973. He has served in various editorial positions with the Farm Press publications, in addition to writing about political, legislative, environmental, and regulatory issues.

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