United Technologies Electronic Controls (UTEC), a global manufacturer of microprocessor-based controls for the heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration industry, recently marked 13 million work hours without a lost-time incident at its Huntington, Indiana facility. This world-class accomplishment started in August 2006. Since then, no work hours have been lost due to an injury to any of the nearly 800 UTEC employees on site. UTEC is a part of UTC Building & Industrial Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).
"This is a remarkable achievement that not only exemplifies our focus on employee safety, but also underscores our leadership in our industry with a best-in-class factory," said Alex Housten, managing director, UTEC.
Monthly, employee-driven safety council meetings, plant-wide communication meetings focused on safety hazard identification, wellness and prevention activities and a well-trained first responder team helped UTEC achieve this milestone.
In addition to logging zero lost-workday incidents since 2006, the plant has accrued many other honors for its commitment to health and safety. In 2009, the plant was named one of the top 10 best plants in North America by Industry Week magazine. UTEC also has been an Occupational Safety and Health Administration Voluntary Protection Programs Star facility in the state of Indiana since 2001, recognizing the plant's commitment to providing exemplary occupational safety and health. Moreover, the Huntington operation was the first electronics manufacturing facility to receive LEED Gold® certification under the LEED® Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance™ rating system, and has reduced volatile organic compounds and total air emissions by 87 percent over the same period.
"UTEC is a great example of UTC's commitment to provide an exceptional work environment for our people, and this is a proud moment for Huntington to celebrate," said Kelly Romano, president, Intelligent Building Technologies, UTC Building & Industrial Systems, Americas.
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Based in Huntington, Ind., UTEC manufactures microprocessor-based controls for heating, ventilating, air-conditioning and refrigeration manufacturers worldwide. The company is also a major supplier of standard and programmable thermostats and zoning systems. For more information, visit www.uteccontrols.com.