Watch Fiberglass Mat Technology Virtual Series on Safety Recording


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Forklift / Pedestrian Segregation and Risk Reduction at the Glass Mat Shipping Docks

with Pedro Romero Murciano
Senior Plant Manager, Saint Gobain CertainTeed


Although the glass mat plants have a lot of rolls moving at high speed, the major risk for the operators are still the forklift traffic. At the wet end the floor can be wet and slippery, while at the dry end and warehouse the big rolls block the visibility of the drivers. The true segregation of the pedestrian and forklift path is critical to keep the operators safe. On the other hand moving glass mat rolls it always a challenge due its big diameter blocking the vision of the forklift driver. Although the best practice is to drive backwards in the warehouse, at the moment to load the truck the drives have to move forward. If to that particular task we add that the operators have to get inside the trailer of the truck to inspect for potential damage, and a hectic morning with a lot of trucks to load, we have a dangerous cocktail that raise the risk of the operations.


Completed all Regulatory Requirements and Still Getting Injuries? What are the Next Steps to Improve Safety in your Operation?

with Dennis Helka
Plant Leader, FIBERTEQ


Have you completed all the regulatory requirements for your facility, but employees are still getting injured both on and off the job? Have you ever looked at an incident and thought if the employee would have made this decision, they could have avoided the incident all together or at least minimized the consequences? In this session, we will look at methods you can use to provide employees with skills they can use to make better decisions to protect themselves both on and off the job. We hear a lot about behavior-based safety training but what does that really mean, and does it make a difference? A wholistic approach needs to be taken to ensure that a job is completed safely. Step 1 is to perform a self-assessment, how am I doing as a person today? Step 2 is to assess the situation, identifying hazards in the area I am working in? Step 3 is the observation of others, how are others performing and do they present a risk to themselves or others? This session will focus on these steps in more detail and provide the framework for you to get started on your own improvement plan. Be sure to stay until the end for a bonus topic.