Lippert Components Canada named 2016 regional winner of CNESST safety award
Elkhart, Ind. — Lippert Components Canada, Inc., the Quebec-based subsidiary of Lippert Components, Inc. (LCI®), was recently named the 2016 regional winner of CNESST’s Workplace Safety Innovation award. Under the category of large corporation in the Yamaska region of Canada, Lippert Components Canada was recognized for their development and implementation of innovative safety protocols for the management of raw materials such as large panes of glass.
As a facility that primarily manufactures windows for school buses and recreational vehicles, LCI’s Canadian facility, also known as Plant 73, regularly handles and processes large sheets of glass. After identifying the need to modify the glass dropping process, which involved placing racks of glass sheet into place with a forklift and then dropping the individual sheets of glass onto a CNC cutting table by hand, Plant 73 reorganized and reengineered the process to drastically decrease the risk associated with manually dropping the glass. Employee exposure to forklift traffic was greatly reduced by eliminating the use of a forklift and replacing it with a bridge crane utilizing a tong style lifting mechanism to safely move the racks of large glass sheets. To reduce the potential of glass breakage and shard projections, an automated pneumatic system was engineered, developed and implemented. In addition, the team built and installed guarding around the glass dropping process to protect employees from the glass shard projections in the rare event of a pane breakage.
Akin to the United States’ Occupational Health and Safety Administration, CNESST, an acronym for Commission des normes, de l'équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail, is the Canadian organization responsible for regulating and promoting the rights and obligations of the workplace within the province of Quebec.
“We are very excited to have earned this award. Workplace safety and the well-being of our employees is always a top-of-mind priority. To have our process improvements recognized by CNESST is an honor, and we are very proud of this achievement,” commented Malcom Lapointe, LCI’s General Manager of Plant 73.
With over 90 manufacturing and distribution facilities located throughout North America, Europe, Africa, and Asia, Lippert™ is a leading, global manufacturer and supplier of highly engineered products and customized solutions dedicated to shaping, growing, and bettering the RV, marine, automotive, commercial vehicle, and building products industries, and their adjacent markets. Lippert also serves a broad array of aftermarket segments, supplying best-in-class products designed to enhance recreational pursuits, both on the road and on the water. From powerful towing technology and automated RV leveling systems, to boating furniture and one-of-a-kind shade solutions — Lippert combines strategic manufacturing capabilities with the power of our winning team culture to deliver unrivaled Customer Service, award-winning Innovation, and premium Products to every industry and person we serve.
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