Safety Mission Statement
Midwest Industries believes that all injuries are preventable. To that end, we strive to provide a worksetting and environment that complies with applicable regulations, is free of recognized hazards, and offers opportunities for on-going improvement through the education and empowerment of our employees.
Winter season is approaching or even upon us in some areas. Here are some items to remember that can help keep us safe in the elements and an emergency:
Prevent falls on ice and snow:
- Wear appropriate footwear that provides good traction like boots or even cleats
- Be aware and ready as you exit buildings and vehicles
- Walk with your hands out of your pockets with short steps. Walk like a penguin!
- Use provided sand/salt by doors if you find slick spots to help others
- Emergency kit in the vehicle: food, water, jumper cables, sand, blankets
- Keep the gas tank full to prevent ice and extra fuel in an emergency
- Make sure your battery and tires are in good condition, replace if needed
- Have your heating system serviced
- Insulate air leaks around doors and windows
- Remove and store outdoor water hoses
Ergonomics - this last month we began a series of weekly safety topics on the science of ergonomics and how that affects ourhealth at work and home. These should be posted in your areas. Take time to read the communications and apply the techniques for all your daily tasks.
Injuries - as many as 8 injuries this year could have been prevented with ergonomic improvements.
Report - report any pain, discomfort, fatigue or poor ergonomic work to your team leader. They will coordinate with the SITE team to review and improve the work.
Improve Now - take steps before an injury to invest in yourself and improve how you do your work.
Hoist, Forklift and other training: If you are using equipment for the first time, ask yourself have you been properly trained and are aware of all the safety precautions and requirements? Are you following your training? See below for recently MWI examples for both these questions.
Hoist Training Required – Everyone is required to go through Midwest hoist training before operating any hoists in the plant. We recently had a near miss that involved moving heavy equipment with a hoist that could have cause serious injury and also property damage. This individual was not trained and was using a unique crane/hoist that operated differently than they expected.
Remember Your Training – All forklift drivers should remember from their training that the proper way to exit the vehicle is the same way they entered, by stepping back down. We recently had an injury where the operator stepped off facing out and that puts excessive force on the knee and back. NEVER jump or hop out. Use the hand holds for a good grip and use 3 points of contact getting on and off. NEVER grab the steering wheel because you could lose balance.
8/5/22 - We encourage all team members to report all injuries no matter how minor and even near misses. For medical care see the plant nurse or a first responder immediately. Benefits include: Better medical care – even minor injuries like cuts, splinters, burns and soreness. Having the plant nurse or first responders review and treat your injury can prevent further complications and they can give guidance. Further arrangements can be made for professional medical care. Prevention – steps can be taken to prevent future occurrences and patterns can be observed to bring awareness to trends across the company Compliance – Midwest is required to report certain injuries and there can be fines if not done promptly By law it is the right of an employee to report work-related injuries and illnesses free from retaliation OR By law Midwest may not retaliate against employees for reporting work-related injuries or illnesses
AUGUST IS AMERICAN ADVENTURES MONTH! Adventure and excitement brings about creativity, endurance, play and cohesiveness within you and your family and August is the perfect month to get in that last family outing before winter routines take over. Get out, enjoy the world, and celebrate what America has to offer! Send a picture of your vacation and you might make the newsletter and win a prize!
7/2/22 - HAND SAFETY An average of 180,000 hand-related injuries occurred on-the-job each year. All of these injuries are
preventable with proper safety training. A whopping 70% of those victims were not wearing protective gloves. The
other 30% were wearing gloves, BUT the gloves were either ill-fitting or the wrong type for the job.
JULY IS PARKS MONTH! Soak up the summer! Send us a picture of you at the park to be featured in the
newsletter and win a prize!