One thing Safety Rail Company brought to the table through its thorough assessments was additional opportunities for Saputo to improve safety for its workers, such as platforms that needed guarding and roof transitions where one section of roof meets another. Saputo also asked Safety Rail Company for suggestions on how to improve roof access.
“A lot of our roofs just have a vertical ladder that goes up to a hatch,” Andrzejewski said. “There has been a couple of plants where they were able to come back with some really good ideas on how to access the roof safely, to be able to protect that entrance so not just anybody can get access to it and go up those stairs, as well as being able to use it for emergency escape or emergency rescue off a roof. It meets a lot of the criteria we were looking for. They’ve actually come up with a couple of really good ideas regarding roof access.”
Even after its updating project was completed, Saputo maintains an ongoing relationship with Safety Rail Company. Needs tend to arise when there are renovations or expansions. Saputo also calls on Safety Rail Company when they acquire new facilities. Since they first worked together, Saputo has acquired four new plants in the U.S., and Safety Rail Company was tabbed to conduct safety assessments. There’s no contract between Saputo and Safety Rail Company, but Andrzejewski says there’s a level of comfort that keeps them coming back.