Agriculture, Bulk Industries, Safety

AGI celebrates safety week

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Ag Growth International (AGI) has celebrated its third annual safety week, designed to remind its global employee network about the critical importance that worksite safety plays in preventing injury.

Worksite safety is one of AGI’s core values, and the company set the tone with a week of awareness activities, best practice education, and recognition around the theme, “Everyone Has a Hand in Safety.”

“At AGI, our goal is that every employee – regardless of where they work or the type of environment they work in – returns home at the end of each day in the exact same working condition in which they arrived,” AGI president and CEO Paul Householder said.

“This is a top priority – one that I personally take very seriously.”

AGI has consistently reduced the number of reported and lost time injuries, which it aims to continue. A recent study of its worksite safety data revealed that many injuries come down to hand safety.

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“Wearing the right PPE – the right safety gloves – and following safety procedures is an excellent way to eliminate these injuries,” Householder said.

“Safety is a priority that unites AGI’s manufacturing facilities, office locations, and job sites across the world. By creating safe work conditions, we are building stronger, more supportive environments for our teams. Safety is a key part of our One AGI Culture.”

AGI engaged in a wide range of location-based safety activities, including hand safety training. The company also launched its third annual safety awards, an employee-nomination program that acknowledges individuals, teams and projects that exemplify safety best practices and performance.

The award categories include:

  • Outstanding Performance by an individual recognising exceptional work or hosting a safety-related event.
  • Overall Safety Performance for a location or team showing successful improvement in safety lagging indicators, recordable incident rate, and lost time incident rate.
  • Progress in Safety for a location or team showing achievement in safety performance over the last 12 months.
  • Safety at a Customer Site or Project for well-executed safety on a project.

AGI vice president of manufacturing and safety lead, Harsha Bhojraj, said the company’s aim is to make the safety week agenda not only fun, but relevant with day-to-day operations.

“The award program allows us to hear stories about our teams’ greatest safety champions and accomplishments. AGI will be accepting employee nominations for those who do an exceptional job of making our workplace safer,” Bhojraj said.

Nominations opened during safety week and run through October with awards to be made in the first quarter of 2024.

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