GAM recognises Great Dane for safety

From the April 2018 issue.

US trailer manufacturer, Great Dane, was recently recognised by the Georgia Association of Manufacturers (GAM) for its commitment to safety.

At GAM’s Annual Safety Conference and Awards Luncheon on 28 March, Great Dane’s Statesboro plant received a Safety Performance Award for having zero lost work cases in 2017.

“Great Dane is a proud member of the Georgia Association of Manufacturers and it is an honour to have our Statesboro plant recognised by this organisation for our dedication to safety,” said Great Dane Executive Vice President – Manufacturing, Brian Sage. “Safety is a top priority at Great Dane and the Statesboro facility has excelled over the past year at creating a culture of safety throughout the plant at every level.”

At Great Dane’s internal safety conference in March, the Statesboro plant also received the company’s ‘Safest Facility’ award for having the best overall safety record in 2017. This award is based on recordable incident rates (RIR), which include any injuries that require treatment greater than first aid, and lost time cases (LTC), which are the number of incidents that result in employees missing work days due to injury. Statesboro had the lowest RIR of any of Great Dane’s facilities and was one of five other Great Dane plants to achieve zero LTC’s in 2017.

“Thanks to the hard work and commitment of employees, 2017 was Great Dane’s safest year to date,” said Great Dane Director – Environmental Health and Safety, Dave Ritchie. “We are continuing to build on our safety program in 2018 with the implementation of a Built-in-Safety (BIS) program and our new ‘I Promise to be Safe’ program, which focuses on employee commitments to be safe for family and friends.”

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