Ingersoll Rand’s Mocksville, North Carolina, manufacturing plant just celebrated a safety milestone: working two million hours without experiencing an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) lost-time accident. The last lost-time incident at the facility, part of our Industrial Technologies and Services, Americas business, was in December 2017. The team celebrated by distributing T-shirts to every employee noting this achievement.
“Safety is an integral part of our commitment to our employees,” says EHS Manager Kulema McKoy. “Reaching this level of workplace safety takes the daily commitment of every employee in our facility, a commitment I know they take seriously. We’re very proud of our employees for setting such a high safety standard.”
In its quest to keep worker safety as the highest priority, Mocksville has incorporated several initiatives that encourage employee participation and input. Their site safety program is comprised of core elements that are essential to achieving and maintaining a strong safety and health program. By implementing these elements—including a BBS (Behavior Based Safety) program for salaried and hourly employees, “5 Why” incident reviews, monthly safety awareness training, daily safety topics, an onsite nurse and strong management-employee relationships—employees are held accountable by leaders and peers.
“As for the future,” ponders Kulema, “as we get better at what we do, it will be because the individuals at our site have agreed to become part of something important. They have obviously devoted themselves to creating a habit of safety excellence that will live on.”