DuPont's Towanda plant celebrates its 'amazing' safety record For the past 40 years, local facility has not had an event-related, lost workday case
Led by a veteran group of employees who collectively accounted for 1 million non-hazardous and hazardous exposure hours out of 57 million total, the DuPont Towanda site has recorded 40 consecutive years without an event-related, lost workday case.
The safety milestone, unprecedented for DuPont Pennsylvania-based operations, was achieved by a total Towanda plant population that has varied from over 1,000 to 500 employees over the past four decades.
It was officially celebrated by the site Jan. 5 with special DuPont Safety Coin recognition given to each member of the veteran group including Leland S. Ayers, Wayne R. Brown, David C. Browning, Dennis L. Cox, Timothy E. Davidson, Dennis P. Fries, Douglas W. Hicks, Gregory J. Kelley, John H. Rees, Thomas D. Roof, Ralph H. Schoonover II, C. Scott Turner and Dale C. Vanderpool.
"Led by these 13 employees, this outstanding accomplishment is but one example of the total team commitment that all of our employees live out in support of DuPont's Core Values," said James Rodenhizer, plant manager, who added that before starting the current 40-year safety run, Towanda employees had worked 27 years without an ER/LWC, giving the site just one case in a total of 67 years. "The 40 year milestone allows us to pause and appreciate the safe work of not only our current employees, but also past employees. It's wonderful to be a part of this great team."
"57 million exposure hours without a major injury is an amazing accomplishment," said Michael Betzen, DuPont Electronics & Communications supply chain leader, who attended the Jan. 5 celebration. "It has to be one of the best lost workday records in the company's history."
"57 million exposure hours is equivalent to almost 1,000 employees working an entire 30-year career without losing work from an event related incident," concluded Scot Kessler, E&C operations leader, Packaging Graphics. "That's simply amazing."
Located at 192 Patterson Blvd., DuPont Towanda produces a variety of polymer-based coated films for circuit and packaging materials; microcircuit materials and packaging graphics; high-performance materials for flexible circuit construction; holographic films; DuPontâ¢ TedlarÂ® polyvinyl fluoride film and coated DuPontâ¢ NafionÂ® membranes.
DuPont (NYSE: DD) has been bringing world-class science and engineering to the global marketplace in the form of innovative products, materials, and services since 1802.
This article was submitted by DuPont.