Our “Employee Safety Series” aims to highlight initiatives that the team at Metalwest is working on to make our work environment safe. Safety is one of our top priorities and it is important to ensure our employees have the right protective gear, tools, and knowledge to do their jobs safely.
At Metalwest we are taking a proactive approach to ensure our employees are highly visible when working in high-traffic areas and while assisting in the unloading/loading process. To assist with this initiative, Metalwest drivers are now being provided with high-visibility/reflective uniforms.
“Most of the time we see our drivers back at the office or in the shop,” said David Suchey, safety manager for Metalwest. “But we often forget that they don’t always work in such controlled environments as our facilities.”
High-visibility/reflective uniforms are worn to help attract the attention of other truck drivers, forklift operators, crane operators and any other possible human-operated hazards. Many of the warehouses and facilities we deliver to have lower lighting that can make it difficult to see an individual walking around. Drivers also face the hazard of blind corners around many loading/unloading docks. Reflective uniforms help to minimize the risk of an accident.
“Our company cares about our drivers and we want to remain proactive about their safety out in the field,” said Suchey. “They have difficult jobs to do and making them visible at all times during the day will help ensure their safety when they are working outside of their truck.”
Driver feedback has been good, overall, according to Suchey. Metalwest is still working on supplying the uniforms to all locations. All branches should have the proper uniforms supplied by the end of the second quarter this year.
“I heard a really impactful quote that pertains to our efforts in this area, ‘The people we are working for are waiting for us to come home,’” Suchey added. “This is why we want our drivers to remain visible, their families and friends need them to come home every night.”
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