In a truly tragic incident on Tuesday, February 16th, Chris Thick lost his life. A Fastenal employee in Belvidere, IL, Chris was killed in a forklift accident, where which slid backward off a flat bed and struck him. He is survived by his family of four, who tragically lost their home in a tornado last year. As a Fastenal supplier, the Checkers family would like to join Fastenal in offering our deepest condolences to the Thick family. As a manufacturer of safety products, stories like this one always hit us hard. Preventable tragedies such as this forklift accident, are difficult to read about. In our vision statement, we declare ourselves “A dynamic global team dedicated to protecting lives, assets and the environment.” Those are words we live and breathe, but ultimately, the word “lives” seems too general in situations such as this one. Chris Thick gives our vision statement a face and a name, and reminds each and every one of us here at Checkers why we come to work every day: simple safety precautions truly can be the difference between a tragedy and an average day on the job. One of our core values is “People,” and it is people like Chris Thick who give that value meaning. Until accidents like Chris’ are eliminated from the workplace completely, Checkers will continue to strive for excellence in the protection of people and lives.
For more information about the accident, including a link to make a contribution to the Thick family, click here.
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