ALMACO in Nevada has reached an important milestone – employees at this engineering and manufacturing company have completed 1 million hours of work without a lost-time injury. For ALMACO’s 150 employees, this means that they’ve worked two-and-a-half years without a work-related injury or illness that has required time away from work.
Sometimes it takes a serious injury to instigate a change in culture, but that isn’t the case for ALMACO – it was the vision of Mark Smith, director of manufacturing, that set ALMACO in the direction of a strong safety culture. “Our approach is to look at safety management from all angles and take incremental steps to improve in all areas. No single item stands on its own as the one that made a difference.”
Employees at ALMACO have contributed to their safe working habits through peer recognition and a shared sense of responsibility for their work space and co-workers. The mindset that safety is everyone’s job is crucial to ALMACO’s continued safe working record. Employees have embraced safety as a value, not just a priority.
ALMACO is the leading innovator of custom equipment for seed research. Their research combines and planters are all over the world, yet each piece of equipment is designed and manufactured in Nevada. Recently ALMACO has opened service and sales offices in Brazil and Argentina. More information can be found at www.almaco.com.