When the workday ended on May 8 at the Fontaine Modification Vocational Services modification center in Williamstown, W.Va., it marked the 2,000th consecutive day without a lost-time incident. Fontaine celebrated the safety streak, which started in 2009 when the facility opened, by treating the facility’s employees to lunch and unveiling a banner recognizing the milestone.
“Everyone at the Williamstown modification center, from the technicians to managers, shares responsibility for keeping the workplace safe,” says Chris Reynolds, Williamstown facility manager. “We have a meeting every morning where we encourage employees to offer their thoughts and suggestions about safety practices. Their input is important because it helps us keep our employee safe, which prevents downtime, improves productivity and lets us better serve our customers. That’s why safety is such a priority at Fontaine.”
The 15,000-square-foot Williamstown modification center features 12 truck modification bays. It primarily provides chassis modifications and paint services for Hino Trucks built across the street at Hino’s Williamstown assembly plant. Reynolds has served as facility manager since 2012. The safety practices in place at Williamstown are also used at Fontaine Modification’s six other modification centers located across the country.
For more information about Fontaine Modification Vocational Services, call (800) FONTAINE or visit www.fontainemodification.com.