|MOCKSVILLE, NC (INGERSOLL RAND NEWS SERVICE) -- Ingersoll Rand's Mocksville, NC, facility has achieved a milestone that very few United States industrial workplaces can boast of ever reaching: 5-million hours without a lost-time accident. Mocksville is the first Ingersoll Rand plant to reach 5-million hours without a lost-time accident, and the safe hours continue to accumulate.
On Tuesday, October 23, and Thursday, October 25, 2007, all shifts celebrated the achievement with a catered luncheon and special recognition gifts. Also in attendance were local guests of honor, including John Ferguson, mayor of Bermuda Run; Terry Bralley, county manager for Davie County; Andy Stokes, sheriff of Davie County; Robert Cook, chief of Mocksville Police; Christine Sanders, town manager of Mocksville; F.W. Slate, mayor of Mocksville; Senator Andrew Brock of the NC General Assembly; and the Honorable Julia Howard of the North Carolina House of Representatives..
"It is a tribute to the strong work ethic and safety consciousness of the entire work force that we have attained this milestone," said Operations Manager Mike Bryan. "The Mocksville employees have worked diligently to ensure safety remains a priority here. I am proud of each and every one of them."
Employee Health and Safety (EH&S) Specialist John Young attributed the accomplishment to the employees' dedication to reporting safety issues, participating in safety kaizen activities and taking safety training seriously. "The employees are making the decision to work safely every day," he said. "The plant's safety success is attributed to our leadership, supervisors and associates embracing the EH&S structure and policies. Through the EH&S Management System, the campus uses an array of programs that help us raise safety awareness and emphasize the importance of integrating safety into every function of our daily work. Most of our safety suggestions and recommendations come directly from the work force. Everyone knows we take these seriously and take action. Without teamwork, it would not happen."
The Mocksville facility employs approximately 870 people and manufactures air compressors, generators, light towers, energy recuperating equipment and precision centrifugal and rotary compressor parts on a 24/7 basis. The facility supports the Industrial Technologies and Utility Equipment sectors of Ingersoll Rand.