June is National Safety Month

June is National Safety Month

Local industries take safety seriously in their plant operations. “Our plant safety policy is wrapped up in the phrase, ‘Safety is our No. 1 priority,’” said Goodyear plant manager Todd Turner. “Each day we make decisions to positively impact the safety of our work environment. We do not want to compromise anyone’s safety.” Goodyear and other local industries — Kohler, Tyson and Lennox — are coordinating safety emphasis programs during June, which is annually designated National Safety Month. Special activities to highlight the importance of industrial safety are being coordinated by the plants’ safety departments to encourage team members in all four plants to work safely during the month. “June marks the beginning of an active summer which can lead to higher incident rates,” said Anita Allen, safety manager at Lennox. “Our concern about safety is increased in the summer because it is a time when there are a lot of distractions. School is out, days are longer and more outside activities may cause us to lose focus. “We are asking everyone to think before beginning a job task and make sure they have the right equipment and are following the right procedures. Also, sit down and talk to each of your children about safety.” The month’s activities include banners, news articles, radio commercials and videotapes featuring comments by individual associates and their children. For example, associates going to or departing from work in the next few days may begin hearing on local radio stations the voices of the winners of several of the plants’ Children’s Safety Poster Contests. The children will be encouraging local plant workers to observe safe work practices each day of the month. As part of the month’s activities, the Obion County Library will host a special community safety program starting at 1 p.m. June 21. Speakers will address such topics as medication safety, patient transportation, emergency response and disaster prevention. More information will be announced in advance of this date. “The safety of our team members is of paramount concern each day,” Turner said. “Through our efforts this month, we also hope to raise the safety awareness of everyone in our community. Safety should be a part of everything we do in our daily activities.” Plant managers speak out Plant managers at local industries take safety as a top priority. Here is a sampling of observations from local plant managers about workplace safety. Andrew Blair, Tyson: “Tyson Foods, Obion County Complex, places the highest priority on safety and the well-being of our team members. We have participated with area industries for three consecutive years in collaboration with the National Safety Council’s National Safety Month. We look forward to working with other industries to keep safety at the forefront for all of our team members, as well as our communities, by raising workplace and home safety awareness.” Paul Howell, Lennox “I’m looking forward to the events of this month and working with the other local industries to see what we can do together to reduce all our safety issues. We at Lennox put safety on the forefront of our activities everyday by stretching and working toward better ergonomic methods to accomplish the task of fireplace assembly.” Matt Wright, Kohler: “Kohler believes it is important to view safety from a holistic perspective. Safe employees, working in safe facilities, living in communities where safety is viewed as a priority are key to everyone’s well being. In our Safestart program, everyone takes an active role in everyone else’s safety — we are truly in this together for each other. I believe local industries coming together to support this is great evidence that we are on the same team when it comes to safety.” Published in The Messenger 6.6.08

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