Winners of the MFA Incorporated’s annual safety poster contest were featured in the April edition of Today’s Farmer magazine. Isaac Klein of Ste. Genevieve, a second-grader at Valle Catholic Schools, won the Best of Show award. He is the son of Chris and Julie Klein of Ste. Genevieve. Chris Klein is key account manager in Region 4.
When MFA Incorporated started its workplace safety program in 2004, the goal was to reduce workplace accidents. The company also wanted to remind adults that they have very important reasons to make safety a motivator — children and other family members. That was the genesis of MFA’s Farm Safety Poster Contest. Since that launch, MFA has continued to focus on safety, including the implementation of a program called SHIELD, an acronym for “safe habits improve employees’ lives daily.”
That program depends on employees throughout the company being trained to talk about safety with their fellow workers. From truck drivers to office personnel to workers at feed mills and fertilizer plants, MFA employees are having conversations about safe work practices. Lots of them. In fact, the 100,000th safety conversation was logged into the SHIELD program in July 2019, and the number continues to climb.
Again this year, MFA asked children and grandchildren of MFA employees and affiliates to present their ideas about safety on the job and on the farm. Each year, the contest judges face a tough decision in choosing the winners from the clever ideas and creative artwork submitted.
(Information, artwork from MFA Incorporated; student photo from Valle Catholic Schools)