Bendix Maintains World-Class Safety Performance

In 2023, Bendix’s Acuña operation, consisting of four facilities, celebrated the safety performance milestone of 365 days without a recordable injury. (Photo courtesy of Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC)

Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC (Bendix) recently reported that its employees experienced a very safe 2023.

“Bendix’s Total Case Incident Rate (TCIR) of recordable injuries was 0.62, which is far below the industry average. The company’s performance improved on the TCIR of 0.64 it achieved in 2022,” according to a press release.

Bendix assesses its workplace safety performance annually by TCIR, which measures the total number of recordable injuries per 100 workers per year. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the TCIR for similar manufacturing facilities in 2022 was 2.6. A recordable injury or accident in the workplace is defined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) as a workplace injury that requires medical attention beyond first aid.

“Bendix hasn’t missed a step since 2019, when it was recognized as one of America’s Safest Companies, taking its place among 15 companies selected for the honor by the magazine EHS Today. The organization dedicated to setting the industry safety standard for commercial vehicles throughout North America remains equally committed to organizational safety,” the release added.

“The absence of injuries does not ensure the presence of safety — thus it cannot be mistaken as the end of the journey,” Maria Gutierrez, Bendix senior director of environmental, social, and governance (ESG), said. “As injury rates continue to fall across Bendix locations, the need for every employee to stay engaged in the safety process remains and will always be critical to the safety of all Bendix team members.”

“Of Bendix’s 26 North American locations, 20 finished the year with no recordable injuries, a new record,” the release stated. “Particularly noteworthy: All four facilities on the manufacturing campus in Acuña, Mexico, completed 2023 with zero recordable injuries.”

“This first-ever achievement by the team in Acuña is the combined effort of more than 1,800 employees,” Gutierrez said. “And it’s evidence that you will achieve the level of safety you demonstrate you want to achieve.”

In addition, three of the Acuña locations were also certified as a Safe and Healthy Work Environment by the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS) in 2023. Plant 3 was initially certified in September as a pilot, and then Plants 1 and 2 received their certification in December. The certification recognizes the sites’ support for the health, safety, and well-being of its employees.

Bendix posted many other achievements as well in 2023. Twenty locations exceeded one year without a recordable injury. The company’s distribution center in Montreal, Canada, completed 20 years with no recordable injuries. Additional milestones for length of time free of recordable injuries included 15 years at the Mexico City, Mexico, and Vancouver, Canada, locations, while the Bendix site in Sparks, NV, surpassed 10 years.


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