Safety Efforts Working at Gorell
The number of OSHA recordable accidents is significantly lower at Gorell Windows & Doors over the past year—down from 42 recordable accidents in 2010 to just 17 so far this year. This improved safety record (a 7.9 OSHA Incident Rating) has resulted in much less lost work time due to accidents, the manufacturer notes.
“Awareness and communication—that’s the ‘magic solution’ we’ve used to improve our safety at Gorell throughout 2011,” says Steve Daukas, Gorell’s VP of operations. “Plant managers are more cognizant of safety issues, and they do more frequent walk-throughs to help identify and resolves potential problems. We also now have more effective monthly safety training programs for both employees and management, which is a big help.”
Daukas also credits the vinyl window manufacturer’s much-improved safety record to several other newly-implemented programs, including: monthly safety incentives, faster and more detailed accident investigations, monthly safety meetings that review accidents and solutions, and visual aids like Gorell’s “Green Cross”—designed to illustrate to employees how the company is progressing in terms of safety.
Another key element of Gorell’s improved safety program is its new preventative “Near-Miss Accident Program.” A near-miss event is one that had a likelihood of resulting in injury or property damage but did not because of luck or some other intervening factor, company officials explain. Near-misses are unique because they give Gorell a second chance to correct dangerous behaviors or conditions before they result in future injury or property damage.