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Graniterock Plant Achieves Safety Milestone


Sept. 15, 2011, marked 5,000 consecutive accident-free days (no lost-time incidents) for Graniterock’s Quail Hollow Sand Plant. This Santa Cruz County branch is located near Felton, Calif., and is run by a small but dedicated staff, according to the company.

The facility produces high-quality, industrial glass sand, landscaping, utility and construction sands. Glass Sand customers require just-in-time delivery for many products that are key ingredients in production of glass containers and glass fibers.

Graniterock puts “Safety — Before All Else” in both its corporate objectives and in practice, as exemplified by the Quail Hollow location. This milestone represents a team operating safely for over 100,000 payroll hours producing thousands of tons of high-quality sand products.

This quarry has also invested in safety improvements to the production plant and loading facilities so that Team Members, truck drivers, and visitors can operate in a safe mining environment.

“We work safely all year long, rain or shine,” said Don Roland, business manager who has worked closely with this facility for 15 years.

“The customers’ demands and needs are such that sometimes we are on a 24-hour basis, but we are here to help each other. We give and take constructive criticism to always focus on safety. You can call it a family atmosphere,” Roland said with a smile, “and sometimes they even tell the manager how to improve –  and he listens!”

Roland has been in the industry since 1996. Joining him as long-time team members at Quail Hollow are Richard Keldsen, Enrique Diaz, Lanny Stover, Marvin Brandt and Cynthia Escobar. E