EDRO Celebrates Safety Milestone
EDRO Corp., East Berlin, CT, recently announced that it will celebrate on Aug. 10, 300 consecutive days without a reported injury in its manufacturing facility. The management team and Safety Committee take safety protocols and procedures seriously, especially with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, according to a news release.
EDRO employees weld, cut sheet metal, assemble and test the company’s range of ‘Battleship Quality’ washer/extractors and tumbler dryers. Human Resources Manager and Head of the Safety Committee, Kristin Caruso, ensures that weekly safety inspections are performed throughout the site, the release noted.
“Every week, I receive an inspection sheet from each production floor department,” Caruso said. “The departmental heads carry out a daily walkthrough and ensure that all machines are working correctly, all safety guards are in place, and there are no dangerous sharp edges, trip hazards, or fluid spills.”
EDRO is proud to have a group of long-term employees that are passionate about their work. “We have a lot of guys that have been here for a long time,” Caruso said. “They have a ton of experience and take a huge amount of pride in what they’re doing. That’s a key point for our company.”
Materials Manager Mike Evans is an operations representative for the Safety Committee. He described the process involved for a new employee learning to operate a machine. “We implement a train-the-trainer methodology,” Evans said. “First, the trainee is shown how to operate the machine. Then the trainee demonstrates what he or she has learned. Finally, the trainee instructs the trainer on how to operate the machine as if the trainer was the new employee.”
EDRO ensures that employees are supplied with the correct personal protective equipment (PPE) when working in the manufacturing facility. “We always make sure our employees are wearing safety boots and safety glasses at all times,” Evans said. “We also adhere to a strict facemask and disinfecting policy during the current pandemic. Helmets and gloves are compulsory for all welders.”
Scott Kirejczyk, managing director and Safety Committee adviser, says that the company has always promoted employee safety as the number-one priority. “Our goal is to treat employees with respect and dignity,” Kirejczyk said. “We want to provide a safe-and-stable work environment. EDRO started its Safety Committee meetings in the 1980s and it has been active for more than three decades. Listening to, and acting on, the employees’ safety concerns helps the company maintain good HR relations. This is a key component in retaining employees. We’re only as strong as our weakest link.”