The Sudbury branch held its annual Safety Day last week. Congratulations to all award winners! Sudbury was also the winner of the 2019 Don Flynn Safety Award. Here’s the story of how they did it.
Sudbury was also the winner of the 2019 Don Flynn Safety Award. Here’s the story of how they did it.
Shortly before winning, branch manager Mike Lumley’s team had just been awarded a safety certificate. All signs pointed to them being strong contenders for the big prize.
The team got to a point where a culture of safety was ingrained throughout the branch. Sudbury’s culture of safety comes in part from the rigorous regulations and tough training in the industrial sector.
Mike explains that winning the award was about working together to do things the right way. He and his team embraced The Flynn Way – a set of values and behaviors.
Such values and seemingly simple every day actions add up to big results over time. One such action at Sudbury was improved record keeping. Because the safety culture was already well established, better record keeping helped them document their commitment to safety.
This is music to our ears because it shows how safety is the default way of being throughout our organization.
Even though his phone is still ringing off the hook with congratulations, Mike is already eyeing next year’s award. His plan is to win back to back just like Flynn Kansas did this year. This means maintaining Flynn’s high safety standards.
“We’ll be in the running again next year,” Mike says. He also suggests that Sudbury’s orders and sales will increase once the word gets out about their safety record.
For reference, Flynn Sudbury is a full scope branch specializing in roofing, glazing, metals, architectural metals, siding and metal panels. The branch has full service departments for roofing and glazing. Sudbury employs 50 people in the field and 12 in the office.
Submitted by Mike Lumley