Sappi's Cloquet Mill Acheives Impressive Safety Milestone

Minnesota mill reaches over 2 million man hours without loss-time injury
Dec 4, 2018 3:30 PM ET
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Sappi North America’s mill in Cloquet, Minnesota, reached a company milestone of over 2 million hours worked without a lost-time injury.

This achievement comes on the heels of the mill’s achievement of 1 million hours worked without injury.

Under the leadership of President and CEO Mark Gardner, safety has become a top priority for Sappi North America. While all three mills emphasize safety, the Cloquet Mill’s performance is exemplary. Some of this can be attributed to four initiatives implemented in the past year.

The See-it, Own-it, Solve-it (SOS) initiative allows employees to take ownership of a safety issue and see it through to completion.

The Fit for Work program trains employees on reducing the risk of injury from ergonomic interactions in their day-to-day work (pushing, pulling, bending).

Cloquet Safety School classroom training offers a unique methodology for safety education and touches on physical safety, health and other topics pertinent to maintaining a safe work environment. This program is mandatory for all employees, regardless of their department.

Finally, the Cloquet Mill ties these safety programs together with its collaborative Safety Leadership Council that meets monthly. The council, a collaborative team of management and union leaders, works to create and sustain safety standards.

Sappi ensures that all its mills are a safe place to work; however, the Cloquet Mill has gone the extra mile to train, educate and engage its employees on the proper protocol for a safe work environment.

The results speak for themselves with the accomplishment of this exemplary safety milestone. 

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