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Big R employees rewarded for safety

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YAKIMA, Wash. -- Employees at Big R and Ranch stores in Washington and Oregon will be sharing $22,000 dollars with their co-workers this week.

Big R recently received an additional rebate from their workers compensation carrier SAIF, and decided to give the $22,468 to their employees.

"Safety is the most important thing in our stores," said owner Buzz Wheeler in a statement. "We're putting our money where our mouth is and financially rewarding our employees for working safely."

The company is receiving the money based on the safety record of each individual store in 2010.

There are nine Big R stores located in Washington and Oregon.