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End-User Safety Forum: Top Manufacturers Find that Safety Pays for Itself

Best-in-Class Manufacturers Practice Safety Methods that Result in a Lower Worker-Injury Rate, Less Unscheduled Downtime, Fewer Risks and Higher Production

By Leslie Gordon
Nov 21, 2014

AF14 Banner[/automationfair/index.html] Traditional industry thought holds that to implement safety measures necessitates sacrificing productivity. But for experts who spoke this week at the Safety Industry Forum for end-user attendees of Automation Fair in Anaheim, California, this belief is incorrect. "In actuality, our studies show a very strong correlation between safety and manufacturing excellence," said Mark Eitzman, market development manager, safety, Rockwell Automation, during his context-setting presentation. "The majority of manufacturing enterprises still do not have a culture of safety, and unfortunately statistics bear this out. According to the International Labour Organization, every 15 seconds a worker dies from a work-related accident, and over two million people are injured every year," he said. Also providing context for the safety topic at the forum was Chris Brogli, business development manager, safety, Rockwell Automation, while Kerry White, engineering and safety, Michelin Tires, explained how his company implemented safety methods that have slashed worker injuries, boosted productivity and cut unscheduled downtime.

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