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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the injury rate for manufacturing facilities similar to the Bendix plant was 5.2 in 2009 – meaning an average of 5.2 recordable injuries for every 100 employees.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the injury rate for manufacturing facilities similar to the Bendix plant was 5.2 in 2009 – meaning an average of 5.2 recordable injuries for every 100 employees.

ACUNA, Mexico — Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems achieved zero recordable accidents in 2010 at its Acuña I manufacturing facility here.

This extraordinary accomplishment was achieved despite a 13 percent increase in work hours from the previous year and exceeds standards for world-class safety ratings, according to Maria Gutierrez, Bendix health, safety and environmental manager.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration defines a recordable accident as a workplace injury that requires medical attention beyond first aid.

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Workplace safety is measured annually by Total Case Incident Rate (TCIR), which is the total number of work-related injuries per 100 workers per year.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the injury rate for similar manufacturing facilities was 5.2 in 2009 – meaning an average of 5.2 recordable injuries for every 100 employees.

With zero recordable accidents in 2010, the Acuña I facility is setting the standard for workplace safety.

“Achieving this milestone reflects the commitment of our local plant leadership and our workforce to embrace, enable, and consistently implement a comprehensive safety culture,” Gutierrez said. “World-class safety is integral to the long-term success of Bendix. Accident reduction translates to reduced costs, increased line productivity, and improved employee morale. Bendix will continue to look for innovative ways – at every Bendix location – to increase awareness and continue programs aimed at protecting our most valuable asset, our workforce.”

Adopting a strong, sustained and proactive safety strategy has made Bendix among the safest in the commercial vehicle industry, company officials said.

The comprehensive, ongoing Bendix safety program includes auditing to identify unsafe situations and behaviors, regularly scheduled behavior-based training for workforce members, near-miss reporting, and employee safety events to identify areas for improvement. Monthly tracking of recordable accidents, first aid incidents, and near-misses enables Bendix to detect negative trends and intervene immediately.

The Acuña safety program is measured by a leading indicator called SAM (Safety Awareness Metric). SAM measures proactive safety activities such as daily operator workstation inspections, weekly startup safety talks, monthly training, and monthly safety audits. SAM is calculated individually for each department so managers have visibility to their area’s performance and can act accordingly. Additionally, the plant monitors “safety accidents and incidents” in every SBU (Small Business Unit) as part of its 16 key operational metrics and report overall performance weekly to the management staff.

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