USCS Continues to focus on Safety!
The USCS management team has maintained focus on safety performance while supporting business growth. August 2015 marked the start of a focused effort on reducing injuries caused by powered equipment accidents through implementation of various safety directives. These efforts have shown fantastic results in 2016, reducing the percentage of claims cause by powered industrial equipment by 67%. The USCS Recordable Injury Rate and Lost Time Rate for 2016 were well below industry average. We continue to focus on reporting near misses, conducting root cause investigations, and creating preventative actions.
USCS 2017 safety efforts began with new SLAM wallet cards, which encourage employees to literally take safety into their own hands.
“These cards remind everyone to pause,” says Battino. “If you’re about to do an entirely new task, or one you haven’t performed in a long time, you should use the personal risk assessment as a mental check list to make sure you’re ready to do the job safely.”
Battino mentions two more big initiatives for 2017:
Forklift Truck Training:
Between March and December, USCS plans to meet with all site-level trainers and review the updated powered industrial truck operator training program. The company has new tests, videos, slides and other materials to share. Afterward, site-level trainers can begin utilizing the updated program for all their training needs so that—by 2018—all locations will have implemented the updated program.
Safety Slogan Contest:
All employees—at every facility—have until the end of April to submit ideas for the company’s safety slogan poster contest. Each facility will choose a winner, each region will choose a winner—and then two slogans will be selected for the entire company. Winners will receive prizes and their posters will be selected and distributed companywide, with one in June, and another in December.
SLAM encourages workers to:
STOP – Engage your mind before your hands and evaluate the task. Think about the hazards associated with the task.
LOOK – At the workplace and find the hazards to you and your team mates.
ASSESS – The effects that the hazards have on your and your co-workers. Ask yourself if you have the knowledge, training and tools to do the task safely.
MANAGE – The task and obtain what you need to do it safely. Notify your supervisor if you need help.