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Working together to improve hand safety...announcing our 2018 Golden Glove Safety Award winners!

Safety is absolutely critical to our overall success as an organization and for four years, TimkenSteel’s annual Golden Glove safety award program has been valuable in generating employee engagement and reducing the risk of hand injuries.

Recently, eight teams of employees from across the company were recognized as finalists in the 2018 Golden Glove program after generating and implementing hand safety improvements that demonstrated the innovation, collaboration and teamwork that are part of our core values and culture. After presenting their projects to a cross-functional group of employees, the TimkenSteel Material Services team from our Houston operations was named the 2018 Golden Glove winners for their team’s two-handed actuator control panel for saw conveyors, which reduced the risk of pinch-points and lacerations for machine operators at the facility.

Above, from left to right are James Ray, Rita Kaul and Edgal Bonilla from TimkenSteel Material Services, who won the 2018 Golden Glove Award.

TimkenSteel’s Golden Glove program was introduced four years ago and has sparked participation from numerous teams at each of our facilities. In order for safety ideas to be considered for the award, they must be related to an identified risk for hand injuries and are usually focused on reducing manual touch-points. Teams of employees create and submit a business case at the plant level and if approved, must then be successfully implemented by the team.

Approximately 80 hand-safety initiatives have been implemented since the program began and have resulted in a decline in hand injuries. Winning teams receive company recognition for their project, as well as a trophy.

Congratulations to all of the following 2018 Golden Glove finalists and their successfully implemented safety solutions. Together, we are working toward our goal of ensuring that every employee and contractor returns home safely every day.

  Team Name  Company Location Safety Solution  Team Members 
First place  TimkenSteel Material Services Houston, Texas Two-handed actuator control panel for saw conveyors Edgar Bonilla, Rita Kaul, James Ray
Runner-up   Canton, Ohio   Lance manipulator Joe LoSchiavo, Joe Barta, Bob Bersaglini, Will Cox, Mike Deluca, Dave Gascon, Andrew Lewis, Jack Lidderdale, Mark Lipps, Matt Mathes, Caleb Suter, Joe Volpe, Mike Waller, Joe Wisvari and Mike Wuchnick
Finalist  City  Scrap and Salvage, Inc. Akron, Ohio  Vertical bailer chute Gregg Newsome, Phillip Renicker
Finalist  Gambrinus Steel Plant Canton, Ohio  Recycle center drum operator/opener Scott Albertson, Ian Arth, Aman Bhatia, Dave Murray, Rex Neff, Nick Springer
Finalist  Harrison Steel Plant Canton, Ohio  No-touch tooling Matt McPeek, Jason Muckley
Finalist Reliability team  Canton, Ohio  Magnetic lifting device  George Turba
Finalist  St. Clair facility  Eaton, Ohio  Interlock barrier  Tina McAllister, Andy Carson, Nick Libertini, John Liddy
Finalist  Tryon Peak facility  Columbus, Georgia  Cold saw modification Tina McAllister, Jimmy Alexander, James Brooker, Brandon Lawing, Bill Matson, Jody Splawn and Jason Varney