Thursday, October 04, 2018

Company Spotlight: Jeld-Wen Windows

Jeld-Wen is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of windows and doors. They have a massive facility in Winnipeg which takes up a full city block. The Winnipeg facility is the only Jeld-Wen facility in the world that manufacturers all three product lines – windows, exterior doors and interior doors. Jeld-Wen has an impressive safety program and following a serious injury in 2013, they have been diligently working with us to improve their machine guarding. So, it was a no-brainer when they joined the WESguard app last year to help them more easily track and manage their machine safety initiatives. Since then they have improved their machine risk score by over 10% and are only a few tasks away from eliminating their high-risk machines; not a small feat for a facility with almost 400 pieces of equipment.

Most recently Jeld-Wen graciously offered to host our Mastering Machine Risk Assessment course on October 2. Students from workplaces across Manitoba were invited to their Winnipeg facility to learn the theory behind machine risk assessments and to participate in shop floor exercises. Topics covered included how risk assessments influence guarding decisions, the importance of stakeholder involvement and detailed instruction on the CSA/ISO risk assessment model and risk factors. The highlight of the course is the team exercise where students work together to develop a detailed risk assessment on a production machine. They observed the operation of a window frame welder and had the opportunity to talk to operators and maintenance personnel to ensure their risk assessment was detailed and accurate. Students were successful in identifying a multitude of activities and hazards, not just the most common operational tasks, and provided Jeld-Wen with some unique safety solutions based not only on their learnings but also their varied backgrounds and fresh perspectives.

We would like to give a huge thank you to Jeld-Wen for hosting Mastering Machine Risk Assessments. If you are interested in this or any of our other machine safety courses, contact us today.

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