SOURCE: Trelleborg Sealing Solutions

November 17, 2008 08:00 ET

Safety First Initiative Pays Dividends at Trelleborg Sealing Solutions Broomfield

Trelleborg Sealing Solutions Broomfield, CO Site Receives Coveted OSHA Award

FT. WAYNE, IN--(Marketwire - November 17, 2008) - Trelleborg Sealing Solutions, a worldwide leading supplier of high-quality sealing and bearing systems, announced it has dramatically cut its accident rate over the past three years and earned the prestigious Voluntary Protection Program Award of Merit from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for its efforts. The award recognizes the commitment of employees and management to create a workplace that far exceeds industry standards. It is highly prized as, according to OSHA, only about 2,000 of the 7.5 million work sites in the United States have received the honor.

In 2004, the Broomfield facility reported 12 accidents or injuries. While General Manager Tom Potosky said the injuries were mostly muscle strains and small cuts, the rate was twice the industry average. So far in 2008, the plant has only reported one injury.

"We cut our accident rate by increasing employee safety training, improving operational procedures and adding new safety features to machinery," said Potosky. "Employees contributed by volunteering for a safety oversight committee. Interest in joining the committee is so high; the number of volunteers usually exceeds the number of spots available."

A five-person OSHA inspection team spent a week at the plant evaluating its operations. The scrutiny is much greater than the level plants are usually required to face. Employees benefit from a much safer workplace, and companies' efficiency and productivity is increased, staff turnover is lowered and employee recovery time reduced. These factors all contribute to a company's improved reputation and standing within its industry.

Trelleborg Sealing Solutions is one of the world's leading developers, manufacturers and suppliers of precision seals. They support their aerospace, industrial and automotive customers through 30 production facilities and more than 40 marketing companies globally. Within their portfolio are some of the longest established sealing brands, including Busak+Shamban, Chase Walton, Dowty, Forsheda, Palmer Chenard, Shamban, Skega and Stefa along with a large number of proprietary products and materials such as Turcon®, Zurcon®, Orkot®, Isolast®, Stepseal® and Wills Rings®.

Trelleborg is a global industrial group whose leading positions are based on advanced polymer technology and in-depth applications know-how. Trelleborg develops high-performance solutions that seal, damp and protect in demanding industrial environments. The Trelleborg Group had annual sales in 2007 of approximately SEK 31 billion, with about 25,000 employees in 40 countries. The Group comprises four business areas: Trelleborg Engineered Systems, Trelleborg Automotive, Trelleborg Sealing Solutions and Trelleborg Wheel Systems. The Trelleborg share has been listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange since 1964 and is listed on the OMX Nordic List.

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