For employees at Meredith Springfield Associates Inc., safety is something that can pay big dividends. The Ludlow, Mass., blow molder recently celebrated two years of staying accident free with a raffle that earned machine maintenance technician Scott Hirsch of Three Rivers, Mass., a $10,000 all-expenses trip to the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas. "Five years ago, we didn't have a great safety record due to the fact that we do a lot of cutting and trimming of plastic forms where cuts and scrapes can happen. That all changed when we made an investment in specific machine guarding and automation and started a more in-depth safety education program," said President Mel O'Leary, in a news release. Part of the safety plan includes incentives for remaining accident free, and all 50 employees had a chance at the top prize.
Contest helps molder hold down workers' comp costs
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