“Safe performance is ingrained in the culture here at Quincy Recycle, from the moment an employee is hired on,” says Craig Zimmerman, General Manager of our West Bend, WI facility. “As an example, the first time I stepped on the floor, I was approached by a worker who asked if I was wearing steel toe shoes.”
Line workers challenging their managers is one example – if a striking one – of the seriousness that Quincy Recycle places on safe work practices.
“Safety is essential for us to have a successful day,” Colleen Myrick, Operations Manager of the West Bend plant said. “Therefore we encourage our team to address any safety concerns they notice to all levels of employees.”
Colleen raises an important point – safe operations are more likely to be profitable ones. Not only for Quincy Recycle, but for our suppliers and customers as well.
We’re proud to announce that last month our West Bend facility crossed the one year mark without an OSHA-reportable safety incident.
Given the potentially dangerous nature of our work, this is a notable feat. At any one time there can be half a dozen tractor trailers loading or unloading, tow motors doing heavy lifting and shifting, conveyors carrying material from one place to another, and huge industrial shredders destroying tons of paper or plastic material.
Creating a culture of safety has been a priority at Quincy Recycle since day one. And forty years later, that culture continues to thrive.
“Every employee is responsible not only for their own safety, but is challenged to keep a mindful eye on everything going on around them to catch any potentially unsafe working conditions,” GM Craig Zimmerman states.
“Not only is working safely critical to employees going home without injury each night, but it is also a condition of employment,” Craig points out.
All of which means that our employees go home safe to their families, and Quincy Recycle and our customers are able to reap the cost benefits in safe, efficient, and well-managed operations.