TIGG HEBER SPRINGS PLANT ACCIDENT FREE FOR ALL OF 2014

By wearing improved face shields when grinding metal during the tank manufacturing process, TIGG employees have prevented safety hazards caused by flying bits of metal.

HEBER SPRINGS, Ark. ― (February 9, 2015) ― The employees at TIGG, LLC’s Heber Springs, Arkansas manufacturing facility were recognized at a ceremony February 4 for their efforts in completing a full year with no recordable accidents and a zero lost time rate. The 20-person staff engages in heavy manufacturing that includes metal rolling, welding, painting and other potentially dangerous procedures.

As one of his first acts as plant manager, Doug Murray instituted a new safety program in March 2013. “There can always be safety hazards involved with the manufacturing process,” he said. “Our goal is to be 100 percent accident free. If we do that, it means that everyone goes home safely at the end of the work day. Over the course of the last year, the employees made this milestone happen.”

Murray explained that the hazard of flying bits of steel from metal grinders was one of the first issues he addressed. By doubling down on the policy of wearing safety glasses and acquiring improved face shields that better protect the entire head, TIGG employees have worked the grinders incident free since the changes took effect.

TIGG manufactures large, steel tanks and pressure-rated vessels which often weight thousands of pounds. They are moved about the facility by overhead cranes. “It’s just common sense, but we talk about situational awareness every day,” Murray said. “Never walk under suspended loads and always be aware of your surroundings. These are just some of the policies that have eliminated accidents.”

The plant manager partially credits TIGG’s accident-free record to continuously going over safety issues during his morning employee “tool-box meeting.” Early on, it was decided that the yearly cycle would be visually represented by a NASCAR track and weekly progress without incident would see a checkered flag placed in increments around the oval.

A near safety miss would be represented by a caution flag and a red flag would represent a wipeout. This year, TIGG employees crossed the finish line without any flagged accidents. As a reward, they were treated to a steak dinner personally grilled by Murray.

TIGG General Manager Anthony Mazzoni congratulated the workforce and explained why he believes work-place safety is a paramount concern. “Above all, worker safety is the most important metric to measure,” he said. “A safe and healthy workforce translates to well-built equipment and satisfied customers.”

Murray says his stance on safety was formed while working for a previous employer. His former boss talked about an employee who received a large cut on his hand that required stitches. His superior explained that the injured employee would have that scar for life and would think of the company whenever he saw it.

“Safety isn’t just important to our employees, it is important to their families as well,” Murray said .”We recognize that staying safe on the job translates to being happy at home.”

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About TIGG Corporation

TIGG Corporation has more than three decades of experience developing a broad range of systems, equipment and services for removing trace contaminants from air and water. At our 155,000 sq. ft. state of the art manufacturing facility we produce more than 60 standard modular adsorbers, which can be filled with a tailored media to meet your company’s specifications. We are a leader in our industry because we provide activated carbon and adsorbers, ready to ship at a moment’s notice. Our scope of supply can include pumps and blowers, pre-filters, mist eliminators, ductwork and piping modules, and controls and measurement instrumentations. In addition to our systems that remove organics, we can also remove dissolved metals, oil, and grease particles and contaminants. Building on our manufacturing experience, TIGG now sells stand alone steel tanks and pressure vessels as a new business line. Today we are one of the nation’s leading manufacturers of modular adsorbers and pressure vessels of all shapes, sizes, and description. Our technical specialists average more than 30 years of environmental and process application experience. They use this expertise to help you meet compliance goals, achieve treatment cost savings, or recycle process byproduct waste material and more.
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