Spotlight: Immediate Investments into Safety at Fiberon
The first time the team walked through the New London, North Carolina, facility, one thing stood out immediately.
At the facility’s spur line, where railcars are loaded up with 16-foot composite decking boards, associates climbed up the cars without much protection – often finding themselves more than 10 feet in the air, holding a heavy board with nothing to stabilize them.
“These sorts of risks are unacceptable, and it immediately moved to the top of the list of improvements we would make following our acquisition,” said McKinney.
As soon as Fortune Brands took ownership of Fiberon, the team put in protection for those associates, giving them a harness attached to a boom crane which allowed them to walk along the railcar safely. If they lost balance and fell, they would be caught by the harness.
This is just one of many safety improvements implemented following the acquisition, and after joining the Fortune Brands family, Fiberon has shown significant improvements in its safety metrics.
Fortune Brands follows the same plan for each of our acquisitions. And while the specific needs may change, companies always become safer when they join Fortune Brands.