Malibu passes 3 million-hour safety milestone

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Malibu Boats said it achieved more than 3 million safe man-hours at its facility in Loudon, Tenn. The company said in a statement that 3 million man-hours without a lost time incident equals more than three years without a breach in safety. The company builds the Malibu and Axis brands in Loudon.

“Safety of our people is critical and is listed as our first core value. This focus on safety is clearly evident with this new safety milestone,” Malibu CEO Jack Springer told Trade Only Today. “Everyone here at Malibu had a hand in reaching this milestone, and that teamwork and care for our fellow workers is what sets us apart.”

As part of its ceremony, the company gave away a 2019 Axis A20 in a drawing for employees. “The suspense built as 15 employees were randomly selected and chose boxes with one containing the keys to the boat,” Springer said. “After 10 other employees opened their boxes to find gift cards, a longtime veteran from the upholstery department opened his box to find the keys to his brand-new Axis A20.”

Springer said the boat giveaway was a first for the builder. “We’ve never given away a boat for profitability or efficiency or any other metric, so giving one for safety truly communicates our values,” he said.

The employee had worked at Malibu for more than 18 years. He spoke at the ceremony about what the boat meant to him and his family.

Springer said there would be an even larger ceremony if Malibu achieves 4 million hours without a lost-time incident.

“Working over 3 million man-hours without a lost-time incident truly demonstrates the high standards we put into every aspect of our business,” Springer said. “Very few companies ever achieve this milestone.”

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