Safety intern program benefits students and mill

For the second consecutive year, the Nekoosa Mill has utilized a safety intern to assist in safety initiatives. Interns are recruited from two schools in the state of Wisconsin (University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and UW-Stout) with reputations for great safety/risk control programs.

The mill’s current intern is Ahmet Tekin, a graduate student at UW-Stout in their Risk Control program. Ahmet has a bachelor’s of science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Gaziantep, Gaziantep, Turkey. His projects include ladder inspections and cataloging, assisting the mill’s lockout tagout team, updating emergency management program information, ergonomic assessments, safety audits and PSM program improvements.

During the summer of 2012, Ashley Tuttle (UW-Whitewater student) primarily focused on conducting mill-wide position-specific noise monitoring. Ashley worked on several other projects during her time at the mill, which included fall protection equipment inspection and cataloging, confined space rescue training and program improvements, updating compliance training modules, safety audits and assisting with the mill’s corporate safety audit.

According to Craig Van Asten, Safety and Health Manager at the Nekoosa Mill, “Having this position at the mill is great way to give students the experience they need in the field of health and safety while getting valuable projects done at the mill. It is a win-win situation for Domtar and the students.”