Henkel Plant Marks Safety Milestone

Jan. 12, 2010
Company celebrated 25 years without a lost-time injury and 10 years without a recordable incident

In 2009 a Henkel Corp. plant in North Kansas City, Mo., celebrated 25 years without a lost-time injury and 10 years without a recordable incident. Although the plant only has 19 employees, it operates 24 hours a day, five days a week. Workers handle various types of mixing equipment and formulations used to make more than 50 million pounds of adhesives per year manufactured for envelopes, tissues and towels.

The company attributes the plant's success to an empowered safety culture that encourages workers to take ownership of their own safety, says Mike Rondholz, vice president of adhesive operations. "The management team at the local level has embraced the culture and made it a way of life more so than any other plant," Rondholz says. "The team looks out for each other." Employees and the leadership team conduct regular walk-around audits. The company also provides behavioral-based safety programs that focus on how plant employees approach their work rather than simply targeting the tools that they use, Rondholz says.

See Also

Popular Sponsored Recommendations

Global Supply Chain Readiness Report: The Pandemic and Beyond

Sept. 23, 2022
Jabil and IndustryWeek look into how manufacturers are responding to supply chain woes.

Empowering the Modern Workforce: The Power of Connected Worker Technologies

March 1, 2024
Explore real-world strategies to boost worker safety, collaboration, training, and productivity in manufacturing. Emphasizing Industry 4.0, we'll discuss digitalization and automation...

How Manufacturers Can Optimize Operations with Weather Intelligence

Nov. 2, 2023
The bad news? Severe weather has emerged as one of the biggest threats to continuity and safety in manufacturing. The good news? The intelligence solutions that build weather ...

How Organizations Connect and Engage with Frontline Workers

June 14, 2023
Nearly 80% of the 2.7 billion workers across manufacturing, construction, healthcare, transportation, agriculture, hospitality, and education are frontline. Learn best practices...

Voice your opinion!

To join the conversation, and become an exclusive member of IndustryWeek, create an account today!