Kimberly-Clark announced a major achievement in terms of safety at its UK facilities. The Flint and Coleshill manufacturing facilities in Wales have achieved more than 1 million hours without a single recorded injury. According to the company, it was possible to reach this milestone thanks to the training of its employees for mutual care and protection at all levels.
“This achievement speaks to the caring culture and values that we have as a team and as a company,” said Paul Curbishley, Flint’s site manager who is a 27-year veteran of Kimberly-Clark. “We are a family here and protect our teammates.”
The Coleshill and Flint facilities are located at Kimberly-Clark’s site in Flint, Wales, which employs 220 people and has operated for more than two years without a reportable injury. Coleshill produces bath tissue, facial tissue, wipers and hand towels for Kimberly Clark Professional, the business-to-business division of the company, and the Flint facility makes Huggies® baby wipes for consumers.
In addition, the site’s distribution center has operated for 18 years without a reportable injury. The company has continually enhanced its safety protocols and education to ensure that employees mitigate (when necessary) and eliminate risk while they’re at work.
“We’ve invested a lot of time in the condition of the plant and in safety training,” Curbishley explained. “It’s all about turning that engagement into thoughtfulness and behavioral safety to make sure people make the right choices. It takes relentless discipline from everyone – at all times.”
He points out that the company cares deeply about its people and wants the site to continue promoting safety improvements. “It’s a very basic thing, but we can’t expect people to be at their best unless they feel safe,” he said. “It’s about staying focused, taking care of each other, and always improving as we deliver Kimberly-Clark’s purpose of Better Care for a Better World.”