Sometimes working more safely means working more efficiently too. That's what Ingersoll Rand, a global leader in compressed air and gas systems and services, has seen at its Compression Technology and Services (CTS) plant in Buffalo, New York.
The team in Buffalo has been working hard to strengthen its Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) foundation. They've involved union work associates in their ergonomics, behavior-based safety, job safety analysis and safety committees.
One of the major building blocks in this effort has been the implementation of a new fall prevention and protection program.
Bigger, heavier, more time-consuming
"The smallest compressor we make in Buffalo is the size of an SUV," said David Khabursky, EHS specialist in Buffalo. "Our biggest is about the size of a medium two-story home.”
“Fall prevention and protection, as well as other risks and hazards, are very important here,” Khabursky said. “Everything is bigger, heavier, and more time-consuming for work associates doing welding, pipe fitting, and painting on and on top of these compressors."
Khabursky, along with Jeff Brecker, manufacturing engineer and Wes Wittmeyerwere, general supervisor, are trained as competent fall-protection personnel and certified in fall protection inspections. The three trained all associates who work at four feet or above in fall prevention and protection.
Additions to the compressors
The Buffalo team also made changes to the compressors. They added platforms and guard rails to the design of the compressors, eliminating work on ladders or climbing without harnesses. Service technicians can also work on the compressors more efficiently and safely, increasing production time.