Sappi North America received a $100,000 training grant in September from the Minnesota Office of Higher Education and Department of Labor and Industry. The grant allows Sappi to strengthen the local workforce by providing advanced technical training to employees, while improving functions and safety at its Cloquet Mill. SNA has participated in the grant program six times and continues to offer the opportunity for up to 25 employees each year to join a training cohort. Through the years, this grant has provided on-site training to more than 100 employees.
As 2021 begins, the topics of environment, health, safety, and sustainability are more important than ever before. The ongoing challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change have encouraged people to consider ways they can make an impact in these areas, but many people struggle to understand how they can effectively make a difference. Read our blog to find out ways you can help your community!
Gladiator Cargo is known for its strong, durable cargo nets that secure equipment for safe driving. The Rancho Cordova, California-based company began when founder Bruce Foggy solved a personal need for form and function.
Bruce, a former geologist who used to work in caves and mines, also enjoys hiking and camping. Frequent trips with loose equipment in his truck proved the need for a sturdy safety net to secure his cargo, especially after witnessing a fellow camper die while attempting to retrieve fallen camp gear along a highway.
This past year was very special for safety in Sappi North America (SNA). Our employees achieved their best-ever lost time injury frequency rate (LTIFR) result at 0.25. Everyone stepped up to make this achievement possible. For the entire year, we had only six lost-time injuries, and during the second quarter of the year, we had zero lost-time injuries—our ultimate goal and the first time it was ever achieved. On May 19, 2019, our Cloquet Mill employees operated 1.3 million hours without a single lost-time incident.
IVECO is extending its offering of digital driver-focused services with the new Safe Driving features. An industry first, this pioneering service is designed to help customers become safer drivers.
IVECO, the commercial vehicles brand of CNH Industrial, is extending its IVECO ON portfolio of digital services with the unique Safe Driving suite of features designed to enhance safe driving. The on-board system measures a set of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and generates regular reports to help drivers develop a safe driving style and fleet managers to foster a safe driving culture in their fleet.
While most office-workers have been working from home for much of this year, there is a slow but growing trend towards opening office spaces for limited numbers of employees to gather and collaborate. Employers recognize the value of in-person meetings for building stronger teams and sparking innovation. Of course, going into the office during a pandemic is quite different. We now know that COVID-19 spreads through respiratory droplets and aerosols that are produced through talking and breathing.
“We are all in it together,” says Jay Arnston, fiberline control room operator and president of the USW Local Chapter 11-63 at the Cloquet Mill. “It wasn’t always that way,” he says, describing his many years of union involvement with Sappi and previous owners of the mill. “But we’ve come a long way. There is a lot more transparency, and we are informed about a lot of the decision making.”
Gildan’s “It’s in Our Hands” campaign educates and empowers employees to slow the spread of COVID-19
Since the onset of the pandemic, one of Gildan’s main priorities has been the health and well-being of its employees and their families around the world. But while health and safety has always been of great importance at Gildan, it is even more so during these times of uncertainty surrounding the continued spread of COVID-19.
Fleet vehicles are powerful tools used to transport goods, skilled workers, and other assets to and from final destinations. Owning and operating a fleet likely means that third-party vendors are involved to ensure the fleet is refueled, washed, maintained, and serviced to operate safely and efficiently.