Ameristar achieves 2.5 million-hour safety milestone

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Ameristar Perimeter Security reached the impressive milestone of 2.5 million hours free of loss time through two commitments: to come to work every day with a mindset to work safely and to watch coworkers to make sure they work safely.

Challenge

Ameristar Perimeter Security has continually set the industry standard for manufacturing high-quality and innovative products over the past 30 years. That standard extends to its safety-first culture, present from the production floor to the executive offices. This commitment to the safest working conditions for its approximately 600 team members is no easy feat, considering they work in a busy factory setting making fencing, guard booths and bollards. Ameristar has reached the impressive milestone of 1-million hours without a loss time injury four times – a rare accomplishment for a company of any size – and it was determined to reach the 2.5 million-hour mark. 

Solution

The culture of safety is embedded in people even before they’re hired, during the interview tour. It is a vital part of orientation, and then the first day on the job, new employees make two commitments: To come to work every day with a mindset to work safely, and to watch coworkers to make sure they work safely. Company leaders routinely seek suggestions of better ways to practice safety directly from people who are involved in the areas and processes day in and day out. Leadership is committed to encouraging the team members who are on the floor to be open with their recommendations, since they are the ones who know the environment best.

Result

Multiple suggestions have been implemented that contributed to the remarkable milestone of 2.5 million hours free of loss time. Among them are the addition of hard hats in an area where they have had several small head lacerations; an updated labeling system for chemical disposal; improved gloves, to help prevent hand injuries; and a different style of safety glasses to help prevent foreign bodies in the eye.