An increased focus on safety is making a difference in our Reconditioning business unit. As of the end of June, Reconditioning has reported a 29.8% reduction in recordable incidents and a 32.5% reduction in lost time/restricted incidents over the previous 12 months. The Eastern region of the business unit led in incident reduction with a 47.4% reduction in recordable incidents and a 44.3% reduction in lost time/restricted incidents.
Intentional efforts have been made by EHS leaders over the last year to increase safety awareness in facilities and ensure that all employees are following basic safety behaviors. An example of one area of focus for improvement has been at loading/unloading docks to improve safety in reconditioning facilities. Below is a list of some key actions taken:
- updated dock safety procedure;
- mandatory dock safety training for all facility managers;
- use of trailer chocks to secure trailers at the loading dock;
- use of glad hand locks to prevent pre-mature trailer departures;
- use of portable stop signs to control traffic throughout facilities.
Ultimately, the credit for achieving these safety improvements goes to the employees.
While we are pleased with the progress the teams have made, we recognize we still have a long way in our journey to ensure that our safety performance gets closer to ZERO – and everyone goes home safe – every single day.
The most important aspect of any safety initiative is the commitment of our people. Safety is the responsibility of everyone and we commend all employees in the Reconditioning business unit on their commitment to building a safe work environment.