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Safety Survey Reveals Excessive Noncompliance

Tuesday, March 20, 2007
A survey of safety professionals attending the 2006 National Safety Congress found that 85 percent of them had observed people in their companies failing to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) when they should have been. Nearly half said that this had happened “on numerous occasions,” while 38 percent described these occurrences as “infrequent.” The survey, conducted by PPE provider Kimberly-Clark, Roswell, GA, also found that 66 percent of safety professionals believe that PPE compliance was “an issue within their organizations; 40 percent described PPE as a “major concern” that they were attempting to correct; and 57 percent who observed PPE noncompliance in the workplace attributed it to poor fit of discomfort. The top three workplace issues, according to those surveyed: insufficient management support and resources for health and safety functions; under-reporting of workplace injuries and illnesses; and worker compliance with safety protocols. Learn more at

Updated Website Features
Multi-Axis Laser-Cutting Systems

Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Laserdyne Systems, Champlin, MN, has updated its website at to illustrate how its multi-axis laser-cutting systems are used in the aerospace, turbine-engine, medical and other critical-part-manufacturing industries. The site houses case-history information with user documentation and photographs illustrating cycle-time reductions, productivity gains and quality improvements realized with the firm’s systems. Service and support information is also featured, as well as user-training opportunities, news and events.

Buhrke Earns Siemens Supplier Award, Again

Monday, March 19, 2007
Siemens VDO Automotive AG, Regensburg, Germany, a supplier of automotive electronics and mechatronics systems, has recognized metalforming company Buhrke Industries, Arlington Heights, IL, by bestowing upon the company its Performance Award for 2006. Buhrke is one of nine Siemens VDO vendors, out of 4100 suppliers worldwide, to receive the award, and the only North American manufacturer honored. The basis for the 2006 award was Buhrke’s overall vendor rating of 93, second highest of all award recipients, while achieving a 0.8 PPM. Buhrke also received a Performance Award for 2005 from Siemens VDO.


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