May 19, 2010

Climate Solutions' Curitiba site reaches six years without lost-time incident

CURITIBA, BRAZIL (INGERSOLL RAND NEWS SERVICE) -- Climate Solutions' Trane facility in Curitiba, Brazil, recently reached 3.4 million hours without a lost-time incident case. That equals six years of on-the-job time with not a single day lost to a work-related mishap. The site accomplished this important milestone through management commitment, strong safety leadership, effective communication and an engaged work force that was held accountable for safety.

With Brazil’s national team competing this year in the FIFA World Cup Soccer event in Cape Town, South Africa, Curitiba launched a campaign to link the celebration of its safety record with the national team’s attempt to add an unprecedented sixth championship to its already record five titles. The name of the campaign was “No ano da Copa a Trane já é Hexa,” which means, “In a year of the World Cup, Trane is already a six-time champion.”

As part of the safety celebration, Curitiba officials distributed to employees T-shirts that resemble the jerseys worn by the Brazilian national team, with a number 6 and the campaign motto on the back. The festivities included a BBQ meal in the cafeteria and group photo in front of the facility with all employees wearing their team shirts.

“Playing fair depends, before anything, on the seriousness and commitment of a team, its union, the skills of each player and, primarily, the passion each has for what he or she does,” said Rubens Lobasso, managing director of the site, to all employees. “And in a year with the FIFA World Cup, we've already begun by winning a title – well-deserved due to the quality of the team formed by the 250 employees of Climate Services Trane Curitiba. Thanks to you, our company has earned a distinguished place worldwide. Congratulations on your effort, care and attention in the workplace. This title belongs to all of us.”

Certainly not content to rest on their safety laurels, the site is already working on a seventh consecutive accident-free year with a new campaign slogan of “Rumo ao Hepta” – “Going toward a seventh championship” – to encourage employees to keep focused on safety.

"Our employees show more ownership and interest in the daily audits of their workplaces and have greater safety awareness both at home and on the job,” said Gustavo Freitas, Environment, Health and Safety manager at Curitiba. “They realize that they are all responsible for each others' safety and reap the benefits of working safely."

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