2019 Safety Excellence Award Winners
Nathan Gentges with Tyler Pipe & Coupling is the 2019 MAM Horizon Award Recipient
The Horizon Award recognizes a young manufacturing company or safety professional, in the safety/EHS field no more than five years, who has made significant and quantifiable contributions to safety, health and/or environmental compliance.
Nathan demonstrated a strong understanding of safety processes and procedures, a hands-on passion for the work, a record of commitment to training and professional development and ambition to excel in the industry. He has been involved and participated in many activities to further professional growth as an employee in an OSHA VPP facility.
EaglePicher receives the Most Improved Award
The Most Improved award recognizes a manufacturer that demonstrates the greatest, sustained improvement of safety efforts in the past three years over previous years, which have led to measurable reductions in work-related injuries and illnesses.
This year’s recipient has 8 facilities with four located in the state of Missouri. Through focus, innovative strategies and increased employee engagement they have been able to drive a fundamental shift in the approach to Environmental, Health & Safety. Team Member engagement is at an all-time high across the company. Safety has become a focus of each task or meeting, being incorporated into daily discussion at all levels of the company.
EaglePicher Technologies has clearly demonstrated the implementation of programs, products, processes and procedures which have resulted in a remarkable improvement in safety and safety awareness, which is why they have been selected as Most Improved.
Tyler Pipe and Coupling receives the Innovation Award.
The Safety Innovation Award recognizes a manufacturer that best demonstrates how innovation within the organization has been developed and applied to create significant safety, health and/or environmental improvements and operational effectiveness.
This year’s recipient found that great communication was imperative to having a cohesive safety culture. The management team would meet weekly, where safety was always the first topic of conversation. The ideas discussed received full support, and area managers were heavily involved in the safety process for various inspections and teams. Each manager conducts a monthly safety inspection in their production area, is part of the VPP team and attends monthly VPP meetings. They work side by side with the Health & Safety department to ensure trainings are done and time is set aside to place priority safety.
JERRY FREEMAN of CNH Industrial Reman is the 2019 Safety Champion of the Year.
The Safety Champion of the Year recognizes an individual who has gone above and beyond his/her scope of work or responsibility to demonstrate their commitment to the organization's safety culture and uses techniques that strive for the prevention of accidents that may cause serious injuries or fatalities.
Freeman has been with CNH Industrial Reman for 5 years as a CNC Machinist. Additionally, he is a member of the World Class Manufacturing Autonomous Maintenance Pillar that strives for a safe, clean and reliable work environment where operator and machine health are in high regard.
Freeman is the Safety Captain for World Class Manufacturing where he aids in the identification, reduction and control of health and safety hazards within his department. As the Chairman on his CNH Industrial Reman's Safety Committee, Freeman spearheaded training for the subcommittee members on their “5 Why Investigation and Root Cause Analysis”. This year when the company transitioned to zone-based safety captains, this person was the first to volunteer.
Freeman is a leader in their peer talk program where he partners with new hires to follow-up on any safety questions they may have. His commitment to safety has not waned over the years.
Jim Cody of SRC Heavy Duty receives the 2019 Safety Professional of the Year
The Safety Professional of the Year demonstrates the greatest breadth and depth of safety leadership and management skills, and successful implementation of a clear, well-communicated safety strategy.
Jim Cody has held many positions, primarily in the area of production leadership. Having experienced considerable success in that discipline, Cody started expressing an interest in taking a more active role in safety leadership. In 2016, Cody was then promoted to Health & Safety Manager. This promotion was not accepted as just a job or another position but absorbed as a personal passion. Cody embraced the responsibilities and accountability fully.
Cody's accomplishments include making key relationships within SRC Heavy Duty to benchmark practices and educate new key industry safety indicators, personally attend every new employee training session and initiate visits and tours to their facility with Worker's Compensation Doctors & Orthopedic Surgeons to gain insights into ergonomic improvements.
During his tenure, the company has experienced 100% growth in sales, on-boarding of 200+ new fulltime employees and consolidations with another division
An excerpt from the nomination narrative:
Cody has successfully taken his years of experience, passion for people, drive for results and execution to an exceptionally high level in keeping ALL safe. Cody's commitment and results exemplify SRC Heavy Duty safety culture and love for people.
2019 Safety Manufacturing Company of the Year is SRC Heavy Duty East
The Safety Manufacturing Company of the Year is recognized for outstanding safety, health and environmental program achievement.
This manufacturer’s last lost workday injury occurred in April of 2012. Currently, they have achieved over 711,060 safe hours or 2,516 days. This equates to seven (7) years without a recordable injury in April of 2019. They’ve received a Zero Incident Frequency Certificate of Merit from their Board of Directors in recognition of their Excellent Safety Performance Operating with a Zero Recordable Incident. Additionally, they have recently gone 55 consecutive days without a single injury, incident, near miss, property damage or chemical spill. Safety has become an integral part of their culture.
The 2019 MAM Safety Excellence Leader of the Pack…Tyler Pipe & Coupling
The Leader of the Pack is a MAM member manufacturer, designated VPP, SHARP or equivalent, who exhibits a proactive approach to safety improvements and risk reduction. The manufacturer has management’s commitment, employee participation, safety training, and the successful development and implementation of innovative safety programs and practices. This Leader demonstrates progress in worksite hazard identification and control, with creative solutions to industry-related challenges, supplementing or enhancing best-practice standards; and are responsible and pro-active in the utilization of local resources and demonstrates environmental stewardship.
This year’s recipient is a single-site facility where safety is an integral part of their culture. During the 2018 year this company hit the ground running, it was imperative that 2018 was a stepping stone to safety success. In 2017 they saw an increase in injury rates and a decline in safety moral from the team members. The management team entered 2018 with a new perspective and a renewed enthusiasm about safety. They worked very hard to make up any lost ground from 2017 and looked to build the safety culture stronger than it had ever been. In 2018 the management team evaluated the culture and analyzed the gaps that existed, by doing that they formulated a plan for a successful year. 2018 yielded great improvements in safety commitment and safety ownership, this set a momentum that will not be lost in 2019. TPM had strong participation in VPP committees and throughout the year the committees added great value to the company.
In 2018 the goals for the company were to build the safety culture through team member engagement and challenging themselves. Planning for the 2018 goals took place with the VPP committees, the management team and the addition of the goals and objectives from their Executive Vice President. With the addition of their VP’s goals and objectives the team formulated a very thorough and robust Injury Reduction Plan (IRP). A scorecard was then formulated to keep the plant accountable and communication progress in a concise manner. The scorecard was well received by the management team and reviewed frequently throughout the year. The scorecard was broken down into lagging and leading indicators, goals and deadlines were established for each.