Monday, February 06, 2017

Safety Programs Work

Bison Fire Safety

It’s surprising how often a Near Miss Report can get results.  Here’s a great example:

As every tech who handled a new extinguisher knows, those boxes had been constantly ripping apart.

By December, 1 out of 3 of the 20lb extinguishers boxes were tearing, and 1 out of 10 of the 10lb boxes were too.  One of our technicians and our safety manager filled in a Near Miss Report, and sent it over to the manufacturer with a letter expressing Bison’s concerns. 

It mentioned that if an extinguisher fell and discharged, that would be bad, but if a customer got a broken toe, that would be a lot worse! 

They took us seriously and forwarded our concerns to their factory.  It turns out they had a defective glue machine.  They fixed it, and we can confirm that when we recently got a batch of 20lb extinguishers--not a single box fell apart.  Let’s hope it stays that way!

A perfect example of how a little bit of paperwork , and a well-run safety program can save a lot of headaches, or toe aches.

Posted by Rob Read at 8:49 AM


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