Industrial LED Lighting Improves Pulp & Paper Mill Safety, Paper360º July/August 2020
Safety is a top priority in all stages of the pulp and paper value chain, from the saw-mill through finishing, and even to the storage and distribution of raw and finished products. In the last decade, more than 346,000 injuries and over 400 fatalities have occurred in pulp and paper facilities in the US alone, costing companies more than US$12.6 billion1, not to mention the tremendous cost to victims and their families. While the industry has made great strides in reducing hazards, until the industry reaches zero lost time incidents, there is always more that can be done to improve the safety of operations.
Poor facility lighting is an often-under-estimated risk factor in many accidents and injuries. Too often, companies simply deal with inadequate lighting as a normal part of everyday operation, but poor lighting puts workers at risk. Investing in safe, modern lighting is a smart strategy for improving the safety and well-being of workers and protecting the company from financial risks of injuries and fatalities.
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