NFS President Joel Duling speaks during last week’s ceremony. (Erwin Record Staff Photo by Brad Hicks)

Forty-three months.

More than 1,300 days.

Five million hours.

These durations all represent the same thing – the period Nuclear Fuel Services has gone without a lost time injury.

The Erwin-based company recognized the achievement of 5 million safe work hours during a ceremony held Tuesday, Sept. 5, at NFS. The event featured a catered meal and safety fair for NFS employees, as well as the presentation of plaques and proclamations by state officials and officials with BWX Technologies, Inc., NFS’ parent company.

NFS achieved 5 million hours without a lost time injury in early June. The company has not experienced a lost time injury since November 2013.

“This is quite an accomplishment for any industry, particularly our industry,” NFS President Joel Duling said to those present for last week’s ceremony. “We’ve got processes and procedures and things that are in place, but it’s more than just the administrative controls and the engineering controls that go into our plant. It’s really every single person who’s sitting here today that makes this a true accomplishment.”

NFS Transportation and Waste Management Director John Nagy provided additional perspective to the 5 million work hour accomplishment.

“This represents the equivalent of an individual working 2,500 years without missing any time due to a work injury,” Nagy said.

TOSHA Administrator Steve Hawkins said NFS’ injury and illness rate is 96 percent below the industry average. Going by this rate, Hawkins said NFS could have expected to see approximately 30 injuries in the millions of work hours since its last lost time injury.

“We have no idea of the magnitude of those 30 injuries that NFS aborted by the work that you’ve done right here,” Hawkins said.

BWX Technologies Environment, Safety and Health manager Mark Elliott said safety is an…