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Leggett & Platt Houston warehouse partners are, front from left, Supervisor Robert Davidson, Marcus Hayes and Elyswin Ewing. Backrow from left are John Turner, Darren Wright, Terrell Brown, Joe Evans, Teresa Williams, Chris Clark and Martez Jones.

HOUSTON – New processes can sometime require a new safety procedure and Leggett & Platt workers in Houston have figured that out.

In 2018 Leggett & Platt (MPI) in Houston installed an automation process in the roll warehouse that took away all the lifting and handling of rolls by a person.

“The automation process requires several forklifts in the warehouse to move racks of pad,” said Michael Hailey, Safety Director for the local plant. “With the increased lift traffic our Safeguard team realized the danger to the employees. The Safeguard team met and elected to require anyone that was in the warehouse during loading and unloading times would have to wear a vest.”

Hailey said shipping team members adapted to the idea very well. He added that once other team members in other departments saw what was happening in the warehouse, they also ask for vests, because they were also in lift traffic zones.

“We are proud of our team members here at Leggett and Platt,” said Hailey. “The L&P Safeguard program really works well and our people embrace the opportunity to watch out for each other and any unsafe conditions.

“We really focus a lot of time and effort to keep all of our facilities safe,” he added. “The safety vest is just one more example of our employees working together helping to keep each other safe.”

The Houston plant was founded in 1953 and currently employs over 120 people.

MPI makes a variety of industrial and residential padding found under most carpets in the country.

The local plant has ten major buildings, covering about 260,000-square-feet.

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