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Owens Corning plant records 1 million safe work hours

The Savannah Owens Corning plant has a million reasons to celebrate.

The roof shingle manufacturer hit one million safe man hours worked on Feb. 6 and celebrated with their employees during a steak lunch on Monday at the Savannah location at 1 Foundation Dr.

The count started on Aug. 10, 2010, and during that time there have been no recordable incidents with the 85 employees. A recordable incident includes cuts that require stitches, broken bones and any incident that requires prescribed medication.

“We’ve avoided all that and it’s pretty miraculous if you look at our environment with the rotating equipment and machinery we have,” said Environmental Health and Safety leader, Steven Schinzer.

“It’s quite the feat to get there.”

Schinzer has been with the company for almost two years and he said although management can change the dedicated workforce is a constant. On average the plant’s employees have more than 15 years of experience and that coupled with their commitment to safety and training has helped the company reach the goal.

“It’s a milestone and rightfully so, but we take it day by day,” Schinzer said.

“You’ll never achieve anything it if you don’t get one day in at a time.”

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