Ag Growth International (AGI) announced that its Nobleford, Alberta, manufacturing facility has achieved a significant safety milestone with three years of no lost time incidents.
A lost time incident (LTI) refers to a non-fatal injury that results in disability or an employee missing work due to an injury. An LTI measurement is a baseline representation of a company's safety performance and the effects of those injuries on workforce productivity.
“This remarkable 3-year accomplishment exemplifies AGI’s worldwide commitment to workplace safety,” says Paul Householder, AGI president and CEO. “AGI is on a relentless quest to zero incidents. Our goal is that every employee – regardless of where they work or the type of environment they work in – return home safely at the end of each day."
With safety as a companywide core priority, AGI has implemented a comprehensive Safety Management System (ASMS), that proactively monitors and guides performance at the facility level. Safety is continuously assessed based on leading and lagging indicators, allowing each facility to work towards improving their goals and ensuring standards are met or exceeded.
This quarter, three AGI manufacturing facilities have achieved AGI’s Safety Standout Award, which recognizes significant milestones with no lost time incidents: Olds, Alberta, with 10 years; and Nobleford, Alberta, and Joplin, Missouri, with three years.
“I am very proud of the Nobleford team’s three-year no lost-time record. Safety is truly a part of our culture. It is the first part of every employee and management meeting or discussion. Everybody works together to address concerns and make changes before an observation becomes a problem,” says Kevin Fitzhenry, AGI Nobleford Plant Manager.
A community employer and agricultural equipment manufacturer since the 1990s, AGI’s Nobleford facility features two distinct production lines. One section custom-manufactures AGI’s best-in-class above-ground, large-installation storage tanks for a wide range of commercial and industrial uses. The other line produces grain aeration equipment for use by farms across North America.
Fitzhenry says, due to work task diversity, each manufacturing line requires a unique set of safety protocols to mitigate risk.
“Accidents can happen. This team’s dedication to continuous education, hazard awareness, incident reporting and remediation of potential risk areas – along with a deep desire to keep colleagues safe – really matters,” says Fitzhenry.