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Quarry Employees Reduce Risks, Boost Productivity

The U.S. Department of Labor says the company completed 2 million work-hours without an employee having to leave work due to an injury.

February 23, 2004
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For years, the Beckman Quarry in San Antonio was known for its high rate of accidents, according to the San Antonio Express-News.

Now, the quarry--which is owned by Martin Marietta Materials--completed 2 million work-hours without an employee having to leave work due to an injury.

A program called Guardian Angel is responsible for the improvement. According to the Express-News, "each month 50 of the company's 500 San Antonio district employees take turns observing 10 co-workers each, noting potential problems and talking one-on-one about safety."

Employees receive incentives--such as fishing equipment and clothing--for offering suggestions to improve safety. The culture at the quarry has changed dramatically, and conversation about safety can be heard everywhere. Improvements in safety have also resulted in a 17 percent increase in productivity.

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