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3M's Safety Habit

Jan. 16, 2014
With over 2.3 million accident-free hours and counting, the 3M Aberdeen plant closes the loop between safety and efficiency.

Visiting 3M's plant in Aberdeen, SD, IndustryWeek Sr. Editor Travis Hessman discovered what really stood out was the plant's obsession with safety.

In fact, the plant has over 2.3 million accident-free hours.

The results of this safety focus are proudly displayed on the chest of every worker as numbered stickers counting the days since the last recordable safety incident—a respectable 17.

"These are like a badge of honor," says Paul Aufenkamp, manufacturing manager at 3M Aberdeen. "It's a reminder to everyone about staying safe."

A reminder that everyone there seems to heed.

For more read, "2013 IW Best Plants Winner: 3M's Safety Habit " on NED's sister site IndustryWeek.