WAUSAU, WI – The Wisconsin Safety Council (WSC) honored Linetec, Wausau, Wisconsin, with a 2017 Wisconsin Corporate Safety Award. The award recognizes companies that “value their employees and take pride in ensuring their safety.”
Rick Marshall, Linetec President, shared the achievement and his appreciation with the entire company. He said, “We would like to thank each of our employees for earning this honor. We are fortunate to have developed a very safety-focused culture at Linetec, where our employees suggest and implement safety improvements on a daily basis, and even coach and recognize their peers on their safety behaviors.”
Mike Schauls, Linetec Vice President of Operations, added, “The number-one core value at Linetec is safety. Each and every meeting throughout the hierarchy of our business begins with safety.”
Linetec Safety Manager Brian Stratton, Safety Coordinator MacKenzie Lambert and Occupational Health Coordinator Colleen Hruska, R.N., accepted the award on April 18 during the 76th Annual Wisconsin Safety & Health Conference.
Stratton elaborated, “Striving for excellence, Linetec is continuously improving our already solid safety program. Our efforts and the commitment of our associates not only allows our company to maintain better-than-industry-average safety performance, but also to achieve a world-class safety level by manufacturing industry standards.”
For metal finishing and coating businesses, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration reports a three-year industry average injury incident rate of 5.0. Linetec reported an incident rate below 1.0 for the 2017 calendar year.
Linetec was one of 12 winners selected by an independent panel of 30 judges including safety, insurance and human resource professionals. Each nomination was evaluated for organizational safety and health leadership, training and implementation programs, employee participation, as well as safety accomplishments and goals.
“This year’s winners embody the success stories that make Wisconsin one of the safest states to work,” said Janet Metzger, WSC Executive Director. “We would like to congratulate the winning companies along with all the finalists as they are true models to businesses across the state of what it means to make the safety of their employees a priority each and every day.”
Wisconsin Safety Council is a leading provider of safety training and products, serving members of all sizes and every sector of the economy. WSC provides scheduled training programs across Wisconsin, in addition to private, customized training for individual companies. It is also a resource for safety products ranging from first aid training materials to emergency defibrillators. WSC is the official state chapter of the National Safety Council and is a program of the WMC Foundation.
Linetec is a paint and anodize finisher and an independent architectural finisher. Linetec serves customers across the country, finishing such products as aluminum windows, wall systems, doors, hardware and other architectural metal components, as well as automotive, marine and manufactured consumer goods. The company is a subsidiary of Apogee Enterprises Inc.