Don’t even think of texting inside Uponor’s pipe plant in Apple Valley.
Every factory floor mat has the words “Personal Electronic Devices” crossed out with a big red line. The warnings plus daily safety meetings hammer the message: No phones!
The company, which has one of the lowest accident rates in the nation, has added a safety zone for use of electronic devices. No one is allowed to respond to their messages anywhere near the plant’s 400-degree extruders, hundreds of tall spinning reels and darting forklifts.
“We just had to have a zero-tolerance policy on this. I liken it to distracted driving,” said Dan Hughes, the director of security and environmental health and safety for the maker of plastic, flexible pipes.
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