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SourceOne Puts Safety First

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Andy Benton, Nebraska Safety Council Board President, center, presents the 2012 Spirit Award to Safety Committee members at the Nebraska Safety Council Conference and Trade Show May 1.
Andy Benton, Nebraska Safety Council Board President, center, presents the 2012 Spirit Award to Safety Committee members at the Nebraska Safety Council Conference and Trade Show May 1.
Customers count on SourceOne employees to work safely, because a safe work environment means better productivity.

“Productivity is affected if somebody is injured and not able to work or is away for doctors’ appointments,” said Sara Flanagan, Human Resources Assistant.

Since July 15, SourceOne employees have worked 545 days injury free. Thanks to employees’ dedication to safety, workers’ compensation insurance premiums decreased by approximately 15 percent for the calendar year.

SourceOne excels in safety because of measures taken to keep safety a No. 1 priority. During departmental meetings, safety is discussed just as often as quality and production. Each department is inspected bimonthly for safety issues including wearing proper PPE, cleanliness of the work area and access to fire extinguishers. Signage throughout SourceOne reminds employees of pinch points, PPE required in each work area and seasonal safety hot topics. Employees also attend safety training frequently.

Not only does SourceOne have its own safety committee — led by Leadman Sergio Montes — but representatives from SourceOne also participate in the corporate safety committee, which meets monthly. SourceOne has been a member of the Nebraska Safety Council since 1992 and continues to attend its annual Safety Conference.

The Nebraska Safety Council selected SourceOne as the 2012 Workplace Safety Award Program’s Spirit Award recipient. The award is designed for Nebraska Safety Council members who encourage and promote the prevention of occupational injuries and workplace illness. SourceOne was nominated for its reduction of injuries in 2011 and continuous focus on safety enhancements. The company’s HealthyU and smoking cessation programs helped it stand out from other nominated companies.