Toyota Material Handling, U.S.A., Inc. (TMHU) has announced the Service Parts Management department at Toyota Industrial Equipment Mfg., Inc. (TIEM) has achieved 200,000 consecutive hours worked without a recordable accident according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The 200,000 hours represents 1,248 work days over the past three years at the Columbus, Ind.-based manufacturing plant.
"At Toyota safety is our focus," said Tim Barker, vice president of corporate services for TIEM. "I’m very pleased this is the second department at TIEM to achieve this milestone in the past 12 months, and I’m proud of these associates and their dedication to safe practices."
Safety and Quality Top Priority at TIEM
Toyota’s high standard of manufacturing excellence, which emphasizes safety and quality is reinforced daily with all associates and management teams. As part of the program, TIEM works to incorporate safety awareness and risk reduction into all
TIEM has put into place a number of safety programs to address ergonomic and hazardous challenges. For example, TIEM created a safety "Dojo," or training area, on the shop floor. Associates learn safety awareness and practices with a hands-on approach in these areas. There are more than a dozen "Dojo" workstations that address a wide range of risk assessments from fire evacuation and hoist safety, to tool inspection and ergonomics.
Throughout the year, TIEM management and associates are required to attend annual "Dojo" training, risk assessment training, and monthly training sessions. These programs have contributed toward TIEM being honored for its safety systems and performance record including the 2010 "Top Plant" award by Plant Engineering magazine.