Posts Tagged ‘ safety ’

Innovation of Automation

Jun 16th, 2022

Every window and door manufacturer is doing all they can to automate their build and assembly process. We all understand the labor challenges will continue, and we want to make the most of the great people we have now. The real application of innovation is needed to make automation succeed, and the real challenge is […]

What’s Your Backup Plan?

Dec 2nd, 2021

I was in the woods in my hunting blind earlier this week and, of course, checking my emails when all of a sudden, my cell phone died. I plugged it into my portable charger only to discover that battery power wasn’t the issue. It was just plain broke. I was hunting alone, so this made […]

FGIA Conference Emphasizes COVID-19 Safety

Oct 8th, 2020

Safety remains as critical as ever amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Michael Cook, director of corporate safety for Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope (OBE) shared some safety tips in his session, “Safety Awareness in the Pandemic,” during the second day of the Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) 2020 Virtual Fall Conference. Cook explained how companies operated in January […]

World Congress Session Explores Opportunities for Combined Hurricane and Acoustical Performance

Aug 11th, 2020

Safety, security and acoustic performance—all are benefits of laminated glass. But what happens when someone in hurricane-prone Miami, for example, in a busy neighborhood, wants glazing that combines sound control with the required hurricane performance? That’s somewhat of a challenge, said Steve Bennison, a technology fellow with Kuraray, who discussed a new laminated glass technology […]

Safety: Never Forget its Importance

Feb 25th, 2020

The employees at Quanex Building Products will never forget the importance of safety. Partly because it’s built into their culture, but also because they lost employee Tim Harris several years ago who was killed when visiting a window plant. Mike Burk will never forget either. Partly, because he has devoted much of his career to […]

OSHA Updates Amputation Prevention Standards

Jan 16th, 2020

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released an updated National Emphasis Program (NEP) instruction on amputations in December 2019 as part of efforts to identify and reduce amputation hazards in manufacturing industries. “Amputations are among the most severe and disabling workplace injuries that often result in permanent disability,” reads the OSHA Safeguarding Equipment and […]

Quanex Ohio Plant Hits 1 Million Hours Without Lost-Time Injury

Aug 14th, 2019

Quanex Building Products’ Cambridge, Ohio, facility recently achieved more than 1 million man-hours worked without a lost-time injury—a significant milestone that is a part of the company’s overall safety culture, according to the company. “At Quanex, we’ve seen a reduction in accidents and injuries that can be attributed to a great safety culture that starts […]

Focus on Safety and Quality to Improve Project Productivity

Aug 31st, 2018

Improving jobsite safety is a priority of many door and window, as well as glass and glazing companies. Creating a safety culture that is integrated into a company’s culture of quality workmanship is an effective way to get workers thinking about safety throughout the project. In the webinar “Finding Gold at the Intersection of Construction […]

A Passionate Regard for Safety

Aug 23rd, 2018

I was recently on the plant floor of a window manufacturing company and was heading for the insulating glass (IG) line to do a quality audit. While making my way through the plant toward the IG production area, I was abruptly stopped by a woman as she shouted, “Stop! I cannot let you pass! You […]

Why a Safety Culture Makes for a Safer Workplace

Jul 9th, 2018

Safety in the workplace was a major focus at the recent Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) Technical and Manufacturing Conference in Minneapolis. Two educational sessions touched on the topic and provided attendees with practical information to take back to their companies. Chuck LeRoux,  the director of corporate safety, security and disability services management at […]

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