That Wisconsin-based Capitol Engineering—a division of Mercury Marine—was honored this week with the 2017 Brunswick Chairman’s Safety Award for “more than five consecutive years without lost time” is a significant achievement for the personnel at the facility. Better still, the award enabled Capitol Engineering employees to make significant donations to a pair of local charities.
Safety efforts paid off for Capitol Engineering employees as well as for two charities of their choice.
Both the Cops and Kids Foundation in Sussex, Wisconsin, and the nearby Elmbrook Humane Society in Brookfield received a $5,000 donation in the name of Capitol Engineering.
Presented annually to sites that achieve excellence in safety while reducing injuries and enhancing safety programming, Capitol Engineering is one of only four facilities across all of Brunswick to receive the award for 2017, according to a press release from Mercury Marine in Fond du Lac, Wis. To qualify, sites “must also demonstrate a sustainable cultural commitment to safety, along with broad-based employee engagement in safety activities.”
“Safety in everything we do is a message that is built into the fabric of our culture at Mercury Marine,” said Jim Sutton, Mercury Marine director of safety and occupational health, in the release. “The dedication to safety and our employee’s commitment to their fellow workers at our Capitol Engineering facility is something to truly celebrate.”
During the past several years, the Capitol team implemented the Employee Engagement System (EES), which enables safety suggestions to be entered by any employee and tracked to completion. Coupled with full integration of 6S principles, a robust workplace safety inspection process, and ongoing training for new hires, achieving this award “takes on special meaning,” according to the release.
Brunswick Corp. chairman and chief executive officer Mark Schwabero presented the employees with the award.
“We look for facilities that achieve sustained performance resulting from continuous improvement and progress,” Schwabero said. “With the type of work you have here, moving heavy dies and components, achieving more than five years without a lost time is quite an accomplishment and reflects your attention to safety every day.”