Thermomass announced today that the entire workforce at its Boone, Iowa, headquarters had achieved a second consecutive year – 730 straight days – without a recordable workplace injury. Workplace safety has always been important to Thermomass. The company has had a long-standing volunteer ‘safety team’ to help review employee concerns and promote safe practices. In February 2015, the company made a further commitment to its employees by hiring Seth McCoy as Safety Coordinator, a new position responsible for health and safety programs. His efforts, as well as those of Thermomass Operations Manager, Craig Van Brocklin, and Production Manager, Mike Dally, have led to an environment of continuous improvement in training, workstation safety, personal protection equipment, facility-wide housekeeping, and overall safety awareness.
Van Brocklin feels that the enhanced focus has certainly paid off, especially as recent growth has added numerous new employees to the production team.
“Seth has been diligent putting together a comprehensive plan that will best protect all of our employees from their first day forward,” said Van Brocklin. “Two years without an injury is a real, positive indicator that we are doing things the right way, but we also understand that it takes everyone’s focus every day to keep this streak going. It’s a team effort.”
During his remarks before the luncheon, Thermomass President, Brad Nesset, echoed the sentiment that even with the best planning, two years of safe operations wouldn’t be possible without buy-in from all employees.
“I think this milestone speaks volumes about the dedication that our entire team has shown in completing monthly training sessions, following best-practices on the production floor, and in creating a safe environment for every person – whether employee, vendor, visitor or otherwise – that comes into our facility,” said Nesset.
In total, the 730 days represents over 230,000 injury-free work-hours by Thermomass employees during the past two years.