Vinylmax Celebrates Safety Milestone

September 6, 2012
Noteworthy

Celebrating with a company-wide steak fry, Ohio-based manufacturer Vinylmax Windows is marking two years of operations without a lost work time accident, officials report. This represents more than 700 days and 600,000 man-hours worked by more than 200 employees since September 5, 2010.

The company’s previous safety streak stretched 255 days, with Vinylmax achieving progressively impressive safety ratings since its shift to a safety focus in 2005, according to officials.

“With a labor intensive operation that includes handling thousands of pieces of glass per day, we knew that the only way to preserve and protect our employees would involve a major cultural change,” says Dave Doerger, co-owner and VP of manufacturing. That change to "Safety First" involved working hand in hand with the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation and OSHA-On-Site professionals.

Through a series of voluntary audits and continual employee training sessions, Vinylmax re-vamped its attitude and policies to reflect a ‘Do What’s Right’ safety philosophy. These efforts have resulted in recognition from Greater Hamilton Safety Council with its 2011 Officer’s Award for Best Industrial Safety Record. The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation recognized Vinylmax for 100 percent achievement in preventing accidents and injuries in the workplace, the manufacturer reports as well.

“In hindsight, doing the right thing wasn’t expensive at all," says Mark Nolte, assistant plant manager. "We have an excellent pool of employees who have the confidence to lead their co-workers in safe operations. The employees are the true crusaders who have made our safety culture automatic.”

Vinylmax employees have been rewarded for safety at several important milestones. Every 100 days has resulted in items like safety slogan t-shirts and company luncheons.

“Safety is at the top of our priority list. It is integral to everything we do," notes Laura Doerger-Roberts, president. "Since our employees have embraced that commitment to a safe workplace, it gives our management team the freedom to focus on our other core philosophies, like high quality and quick delivery.“

Looking to the future, she adds, "800 days is right around the corner and no one wants to be the one to end the streak.”