When it comes to manufacturing, safety is of utmost importance. The well-being of workers and the smooth operation of machinery are critical for achieving productivity and success. By prioritizing safety, companies demonstrate their commitment to protecting their most valuable asset—their employees. Furthermore, a safe working environment minimizes the risk of accidents and disruptions, leading to increased productivity and cost-effectiveness. Chris Raccuia, Morcon’s VP of Operations states, “Our number one goal in manufacturing is that everyone leaves work exactly how they came. Our program focuses observations of conditions and behaviors, with real time feedback when required. I’m very proud pf the continued focus of our teams, and the leadership within the facilities.” Here’s how he achieves this goal.
Safely Handling Machinery in Paper Converting
The manufacturing process, especially in paper converting, involves the operation of various machinery. It is crucial to understand and adhere to safety protocols to prevent accidents and injuries. This is something we stress to our Morcon team.
Proper Training and Equipment Usage
The first step in maintaining safety during machinery operation is providing comprehensive training to employees. Workers must be well-versed in the correct usage of equipment, including the understanding of safety features, emergency protocols, and proper maintenance procedures. Regular training sessions at Morcon ensure that employees remain updated on safety practices and equipment advancements. This is key when onboarding new employees as well.
Routine Inspections and Maintenance
Regular inspections of machinery play a vital role in preventing malfunctions and accidents here at Morcon and in all of our facilities. Companies should establish a maintenance schedule to identify and address potential hazards promptly. Morcon’s maintenance team is proactive, not reactive. By adhering to maintenance protocols and promptly addressing any issues, manufacturers can ensure that their machinery operates safely and efficiently.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
In paper converting and other manufacturing processes, personal protective equipment (PPE) is essential for safeguarding workers. Adequate PPE, such as gloves, safety goggles, helmets, and ear protection, should be provided and worn by all employees when operating machinery. Regular checks and replacements of PPE items are conducted at Morcon to maintain their effectiveness.
Celebrating 365 Safe Days – A Remarkable Achievement
To emphasize the significance of safety in manufacturing, it is crucial to recognize the milestone of achieving 365 safe days. This remarkable accomplishment signifies a year without any workplace accidents or injuries. It showcases the company’s commitment to prioritizing safety and the collective effort of employees to maintain a secure working environment.
Creating a Safety Culture
The achievement of 365 safe days highlights the establishment of a strong safety culture within the organization. Safety should be a core value embraced by every individual, from top management to front-line workers. Regular safety meetings, open communication channels, and reward programs can further reinforce this culture of safety. Our New York Plant Leader, Tim Goodbred believes that. “Interestingly enough when it comes to safety it isn’t just one thing that makes up safety, it’s a collection of things, housekeeping, your environment, it’s being a good teammate and looking out for each other, and lastly its consistent messaging and focus on being safe.” Our daily “tool box talks” led by Mr. Goodbred stress the importance of the combination of these factors.
Continuous Improvement and Learning
While celebrating 365 safe days is an incredible milestone, it is essential to acknowledge that safety practices require continuous improvement. Shift leads at Morcon encourage employees to report any potential safety concerns and near-miss incidents. By fostering a culture of learning and growth, other manufacturers can identify areas for improvement and implement preventive measures effectively.