TenCate Geosynthetics and safety
For TenCate Geosynthetics North America safety is of paramount importance. The companies in Georgia are very mindful of the working conditions for their employees and thus pursues a strict safety policy. This is not only good for the quality of the materials manufactured there, but also makes a major contribution to efficient production.
On 13 April a milestone was reached at the operations in Pendergrass and Commerce (Georgia), where they managed to exceed one million man-hours worked in one year without a lost time accident: all the injuries and illness related to work that lead to absence.
They are involved in the safety policy and procedures. Front, from the left: Bill Sams (Safety Director), Ashley Harper (Human Resources Manager), Judy Stowe (Quality Control Inspector) and Jason Grubbs (Line Technician). In the back: Dan Tripp (VP of Human Resources), Dwayne Scarborough (Line Technician), David Pinkston (Fiberline Group leader), Tim Sheppard (Slitting Group leader), John Spinelli (Transportation Coordinator), Brant Copeland (Fiberline Assistant Operator), Ken Guest (Plant Manager) and Lee Bryan (President TenCate Geosynthetics North America).
Lee Bryan is very proud of this significant achievement at Pendergrass and Commerce. ‘Our associates deserve to work in a healthy and safe environment and it is through the teamwork and cooperation of all our associates every day that we are able to celebrate this event. I can think of nothing more important than to work safely and to establish that kind of atmosphere and attitude within our organization.’
And safety pays off. The costs for illness and accidents in 2006 amounted to $78,233; in 2009 these decreased to $11,511, producing savings of 85%, said Bill Sams. ‘Our policy thus provides added value.’