Second by second, the Garner Flooring team gathered excitedly around a digital screen on June 26, waiting for it to read “365.” When it did, the building rang with cheers and confetti filled the air as they celebrated a significant milestone.
The Garner team has now reached over a year accident free with no OSHA recordable incidences. Employees who have been with the plant since it opened in 1997 can only remember one other time the entire facility reached this milestone. They attribute this recent success to new safety programs and the team’s dedication to reaching their goals.
Some of the strategies they’ve used to improve their safety culture have included accountability programs like Neighborhood Watch, where employees feel empowered and comfortable addressing any safety issues they see with a coworker such as not wearing correct PPE or not drinking enough water during the summertime.
“Over the past five years, the team has been close to reaching the milestone several times, but always fell short before their one year mark,” HR Generalist Joyce Hines said. “The group has really cultivated a culture where they watch out for each other and put others as well as their own safety first, and their commitment has paid off.”
Other programs that have helped strength their focus on safety are daily safety meetings, various contests and weekly Safety Superstar recognition for two team members who have worked safely.
Milling Associate Al Phillips began his career at Mohawk 19 years ago and has noticed a difference throughout the years when it comes to a focus on safety.
“When I first got here, we really didn’t have a safety program like we have today,” Al said. “It’s been great to see how we’ve really turned it around as far as safety goes. I think that recognition and rewards for safe practices has really motivated people to take safety seriously, because the Company does.”
They recently celebrated their achievement with t-shirts, food trucks, games and raffles at their quarterly safety celebration. A mural was also painted by Schiele Operator Jamar Freeman, in honor of their achievement. Check out photos from the event below.