The Syngenta team on East 950th Road in Paris, IL, recently celebrated an important milestone: the completion of 1 million work hours without an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)-recordable accident.
The 1 million work hours span more than seven years, during which more than 450 employees have worked at the facility. The achievement is especially noteworthy because many of these employees are seasonal and work during peak summer and harvest times. That means the facility must accommodate seasonal turnover and repeated surges in the workforce while maintaining an unwavering focus on safety.
“We have 47 people working at the plant now,” says plant manager Doug DeLong. “But during the peak of harvesting season, that number may be as high as 150. That’s why achieving this award means so much to all of us. It represents the dedication that Syngenta Paris employees make to personal safety.”
DeLong attributes the plant’s success to a culture that puts personal responsibility at the forefront. The company holds daily safety meetings to incorporate safety into all aspects of the job, whether it’s in the office or the field. In addition, the team’s safety committee meets every two weeks to review maintenance needs, and the training program for new employees is extensive. But according to DeLong, the core of their safety program is the personal mindset that responsibility and awareness must always be top of mind.