Because of a belief that its workforce is its No. 1 advantage, Kennametal Inc. refuses to compromise when it comes to protecting them.

The company, which believes employees should go home in the same condition in which they arrived, has initiated a “100% Safe” program with the goal of zero injuries to workers, says Michael P. Murphy, manager of global property and casualty insurance with Kennametal, headquartered in Latrobe, Pa., where it was founded in 1938.

Kennametal, a Fortune 1000 company with 11,000 employees and $2.4 billion in sales, manufactures metal-product solutions for a wide range of industries, including aerospace, transportation, mining and construction.

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