Columbia Forest Products Case Study

In 2004 the company embarked on a new venture; pioneering an all-employee safety approach in the plywood division's nine sites, covering 2,800 employees. HR manager Don Carter and plywood president Brad Thompson recognized an opportunity to both strengthen the company's position within its industry and create a platform for motivation and engagement: safety performance. While each of the division's nine sites were already actively managing safety through traditional compliance practices, the methods - and results - varied widely by location. At the crux of the problem, a lack of consistent practices meant there were no standardized indicators by which the division could effectively manage safety efforts.
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