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Safety-first focus shows concern for employees

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Toledo, Ohio-based Owens Corning offers cellphones to employees who need them for business, but the benefit is limited: Employees are forbidden from using the phones while driving.

The building-materials manufacturer is trying to convince employees to “own” their unsafe behavior, including distracted driving.

Over a dozen years, Owens Corning has reduced on-the-job injuries by nearly 90% at its 90 manufacturing plants. “Our success in keeping employees safe has set the bar for how we perform in the market and with our suppliers [and] customers,” notes CEO Mike Thaman, who says his company is on “a journey” to an injury-free workplace.

The company’s health and safety VP, Doug Pontsler, says keeping employees safe reflects the firm’s “fundamental caring for our people [and] our people caring for one another. Employees work in a way that demonstrates they want each and every one of their co-workers to return home as healthy as they came to work.”

Contact: Chuck Hartlage of Owens Corning, (419) 248-5395.

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