Responsible for overseeing the process of outgoing or incoming products, Shipping & Receiving Managers are the masters of efficient processes. Ensuring shipments are accurate and on-time requires attention to detail and precision. A smooth process, however, doesn’t always guarantee a safe process. Just ask ORR Safety Account Manager, Carlo Tomassetti.
Tell me about your background. What experience do you have working in the safety industry?
Carlo: “I’ve been a part of this industry since 1987. My background in tooling and machining exposed me to many areas of the safety industry. As a certified machinist turned manufacturing engineer working in a high volume automotive facility, worker safety took center stage.”
What do you find the most rewarding about your job with ORR Safety?
Carlo: “One of the most rewarding aspects of my job besides helping people work safely, is helping people solve problems that prevent them from doing their job. It gives me great pleasure to use my knowledge of manufacturing and apply it to a variety of challenges or situations where I can then provide a safe solution.”
What would you say are the biggest pain points or challenges for a Shipping & Receiving Manager?
Carlo: “The biggest challenges for someone in this role usually revolve around maintaining a schedule of moving product in and out of the facility, keeping product organized and clean, and potential bottlenecks caused by trucks picking up and dropping off product. And of course accomplishing these in the safest way possible.”
In your career, how have you worked with Shipping & Receiving Managers to solve these challenges?
Carlo: “Fitting employees with the proper PPE is a big part of my job, but I’ve also had great success working with managers to install prevention systems in order to keep employees from being crushed by hazards such as falling pallets of product. I’ve also helped prevent injuries by making sure facilities are outfitted with the proper signage and laser alignment systems, which help employees to be aware of their surroundings and prevent damage to the facility.”
How does ORR set itself apart from other safety companies?
Carlo: “ORR Safety sets itself apart by solely focusing on protecting people, property, and the environment. Unlike other vendors, we provide our customers with safety solutions like push through prevention systems and cargo control systems, not just material handling equipment and packing materials. Our goal is to prevent the problem at the source before an injury has a chance to occur.”
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