Striving for a Zero Accident Environment
Employee safety is of the upmost importance at Novel Iron Works Inc. Starting with top management and ingrained throughout the entire company our commitment to providing and creating a safe work environment is a top priority. We believe that it is the Company's responsibility to provide the necessary resources to ensure that all employees have the proper training, knowledge, awareness, and incentive in order to contribute to our stated goal of achieving a zero accident environment.
Through these training sessions we’ve been able to create a work place safety culture that is second to none. The results are demonstrated in the fact that we’ve earned an EMR rating of less than 1 for 20 straight years. While we are extremely proud of this record we believe that any accident, however minor or "near miss", is a serious incident and we investigate the situation with the goal of eliminating either an unsafe condition or an unsafe act that may have occurred.
We believe that the key to a successful safety record is to involve our entire work force so that everyone feels that they have "ownership" in regards to the safety culture of the company.
One way that this is achieved is our Safety Committee which is comprised of representatives of all levels of management and manufacturing employees. The safety committee meets formally on a constant basis and is the driving force behind developing our safety policies and training requirements. They are afforded the resources and the authority to ensure that our overall safety program is of the highest quality.
Another staple of our safety program is our safety compliance officer program where an individual employee is selected on a rotating basis to observe, inspect, and document any safety issues that occur during their inspection. The list that is developed is discussed, and an action plan is put in place to either eliminate the unsafe conditions or to correct unsafe work behavior.
While these two examples are important, they are just part of our overall safety program that emphasizes that the safety and welfare of all employees is the top priority of Novel Iron Works Inc.