Injuries are a very uncommon occurrence at one hydronic company’s facilities.

Operations at International Environmental Corp.’s Oklahoma City plant have gone more than 1 million man-hours without a lost-time accident, officials with the HVAC construction fan coil manufacturer said.

That’s equal to nearly two years of work time. The company says it encourages each worker to spot potentially dangerous situations and take steps to remove them.

“At IEC, our safety culture begins with a top-down mentality, along with safety messages that are infused into every aspect of our organization,” said company President Dennis Kloster.

“ ‘Safety first’ is not just a slogan, but a way of everyday life at IEC, which begins with each employee’s first-day safety orientation, and continues to echo throughout every phase of professional development.”

Stuart Hughes — aka “Safety Stu,” — the company’s in-house safety manager, ensures protocols are followed, Kloster added.

 “Some of the factors we believe attribute to the success of our program include weekly safety topics as taught by line supervisors, safety briefings at monthly company-wide communications meetings and, most of all, the commitment of all our employees to an ongoing ‘safety state of mind’ in their daily jobs,” Hughes said. “Our employees realize that IEC values their well-being, and is driven to ensure that everyone makes it home to their families each night. Reaching this 1 million man-hours milestone means that our employees are holding themselves and their fellow co-workers accountable for managing risk — at all levels, and at the highest possible standards.”