Every company wants to have — at least I sure hope they want to have — a long safety record for its employees.
So when custom injection molder D&M Plastics LLC of Burlington, Ill., hit a streak of 1,000 consecutive days without a lost-time accident, that was something worth celebrating. Hitting 1,500 days was remarkable.
Now it is marking 2,000 consecutive days, which seems impossible to top, if it weren't for the fact that D&M is in the process of topping that with every new day.
"We're very proud of each of our team members who focus on safe outcomes every single day, and have helped us reach this milestone," CEO and President Chip Owen said in a news release. "Safety is critically important at D&M. It helps us provide a great work environment for our employees, and the best possible quality and products for our customers."
For those of you trying to figure out how far back that 2,000 days takes D&M, the streak began about five-and-a-half years ago.
In 2017 when Editor Don Loepp visited the company, Owens talked about how the safety message was built into D&M's structure. Every shift begins with a team meeting where workers first talk about safety, then share ideas for process improvements that can save time and money.