Mathews Sets New Safety Record
Maine window manufacturer Mathews Brothers Co. has surpassed its safety record for No Lost Time days. It recently recorded its 714th day without a lost work time incident, breaking the previous record of 713 days
“An achievement like this requires the dedication and conscious effort of each and every one of our employees, on a daily basis,” says Scott Hawthorne, president. “This milestone is a testament to our commitment to safety, and the complete involvement of every employee.”
In order to maintain its safety record, Mathews Brothers has taken a proactive approach to workplace safety, by correcting hazards when they’re identified, adopting and implementing a safety management system and safety training for employees, supervisors and managers. “The results speak for themselves,” Hawthorne says. “Our DART rate (days away, restricted duty) has been reduced far below the national average. Additionally, last year, we were awarded the OSHA-SHARP designation for our efforts in providing a safe and healthy work environment, and we’re the only window company in New England to receive this designation.”
The milestone is significant given the hazardous nature of window manufacturing, officials point out. Millwork, manufacturing and glazing classifications are typically among the highest risk occupations, as classified by both the Occupational Safety & Health Administration and workmen’s compensation insurers.
“At Mathews Brothers, we view employee safety a little bit differently than most companies, I suppose,” Hawthorne concludes. “Since we are located in a relatively small town in mid-coast Maine, a great number of our employees are related to each other, either through blood or marriage. It’s really a matter of family and friends looking out for each other. I believe that’s something difficult to reproduce just anywhere.”