On April 28th, 2014 the Windsor Site was recognized during the prestigious President’s Health and Safety Award ceremony held at World Headquarters in Dearborn, MI. Each year, Ford facilities globally submit safety-related innovations and/or improvements to be judged by a board of safety professionals. The purpose of the President’s Award is to identify best practices, processes and methods that are developed at the local level which support the implementation of Ford Motor Company safety standards. It is expected that robust health & safety processes promote a strong safety culture at individual locations and across the Company as a whole.
The Essex Engine Plant received the “Silver Performance Award” which is based on a 30% reduction in DART and LTC Rates from 2011 to 2013. The criteria also included a consistent year-over–year decrease in DART and LTC Rates from 2011 through 2013, and achieving safety metrics that were better than overall Division and Regional objectives. Essex Engine Plant was the only facility in North American Powertrain Operations to receive this esteemed award for 2013.
The Windsor Engine Plant also received recognition as a Regional Finalist for “Excellence in Safety.” WEP submitted a best practice for a process to remove the Customs seals on truck trailers that enter the premises. A team improved the process by purchasing an ergo-friendly hand-held battery bolt cutter. This new tool worked so well that Corporate Security came over to review the process and has now implemented this practice throughout North America.
And finally, the Windsor Site was a Regional Winner for “Excellence in Health” for our efforts in workplace wellness. During 2013, our employees took part in a number of wellness initiatives that included the “Big Bike Ride,” “Bike to Work” and various other healthy living programs. The strong presence of such “worker wellness” programs benefits all employees on the Windsor Site.