YKK Stories

2018-07-02 Issue 57 Fundamental Behavior 2 Be Vigilant About Safety

February 19, 2019
Author: YKK
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Last month, a YKK employee at a facility outside of the NCA region was killed at work when he fell from a ladder.

I think we all have been up on a ladder at some point in our lives. And I’m sure few of us have thought about the safety risks presented by using something so seemingly mundane as a ladder. But the reality is that we all participate in activities that, if not performed appropriately, can result in serious injury or death. Whether at work or at home, we must develop a mentality of putting safety first.

I challenge you to think about your own work environment and how you can free it of hazards that could injure you or one of your coworkers. Another way to be proactive is to report a near miss which is a situation that could have resulted in an accident but didn’t. Don’t wait until someone is injured to reduce the potential for an accident.

I think those of you who work on the production floor likely have the best ideas for improving safety. If you have an idea, we want to know about it! If you don’t understand why a certain rule or process exists, please ask. Personally, I find it easier to follow a rule once I understand why it exists in the first place. This may also lead to discussions about better personal protective equipment, guarding or manufacturing process improvements. A facility where production floor employees, supervisors, as well as production & safety managers are talking to each other about the proper balance of safety, quality and production is a healthy facility!

YKK’s most important asset is its people. We cannot make fasteners, commercial webbing, windows and doors without you. Nothing is worth risking an injury. If you see something unsafe, let your manager or me know about it.

Allen Bogenschutz
Vice President
Risk Management
YKK Corporation of America