Schiller Grounds Care—manufacturer of BOB-CAT, Bunton, Classen, Little Wonder, Mantis, Ryan and Steiner brand outdoor power equipment—recently achieved a remarkable workplace safety milestone in its Johnson Creek, WI, facility, reaching four million man-hours without a time-loss injury. This achievement, which took nearly 12 years to accomplish, is so rare that the Liberty Mutual Group awarded Schiller its Silver Safety Excellence Award for safety excellence in the workplace.
"This is a tremendous accomplishment, and I am proud of everyone on the team, as it truly is a team effort,” said Pat Cappucci, oresident and COO of Schiller Grounds Care. “There is no way that we could have accomplished this without every single person chipping in to make safety a priority in the workplace. Even more significant, this award is evidence that our team takes personal pride in operating in a safe, clean and organized environment.”
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How Schiller supports a safety-first workplace environment. Compliance to the safety management system is the minimal requirement. Through the implementation of sound industry practices and the inclusion of pertinent elements of industry-supporting programs such as lean manufacturing, ISO, 5S and others throughout the years, Schiller has created a proactive safety environment where employees are encouraged to participate in being safety-conscious.
Key elements of Schiller’s safety program are:
- Near Miss, where employees identify leading indicators by documenting incident potential in the workplace
- Production lines are ergonomic by design with jigs, hoists and lift tables utilized to eliminate potential injuries
- Daily ergonomic exercise program for all employees
- Schiller’s rigorous Safety Audit Program requires management and employees to work together to find solutions and create guidelines which are instrumental in creating and maintaining a safe workplace environment.