Using Safety Metrics to Identify Opportunities for LEAN

LEANInjuries, unsafe actions and dangerous conditions are always a top concern for McKenney’s. However, they are not just safety related. They are often indicators of inefficiency and waste in our operations and processes, created when an employee is doing something that is not part of their standard work, they are rushing, or their environment is unfamiliar or changes unexpectedly.


When we evaluate an unsafe condition, our first instinct may be to look for ways to make the situation safer so we can continue performing the task. Instead, we need to evaluate what is going on by asking yourself these three questions:

  1. Do I need to perform this task to complete my essential work?
  2. Is this task part of my standard work?
  3. Can I remove the portion of this task that causes the safety risk?


Examine your everyday routine, and see how safety can take you to the next level of LEAN!


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About Bryan Decker


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Bryan decker is the LEAN champion at McKenney's. He started his 12-year career in the U.S. Army in 1992, during which he was part of the Army Aviation Logistics team. In 2004, he transitioned to a civilian logistics role for Target Corp. Since then, Bryan has worked to optimize operations and supply chains through continuous improvement and LEAN principles.

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