LIMA — It is always safety first, as far as Ford Lima Engine Plant Safety Engineer Parker Kronour is concerned.
Perhaps that is why he is such a good fit with the company.
“It is a great company to work for,” Kronour said. “They are focused on safety, and they are constantly improving their products and creating new products. It’s nice to get in my car every day and say I was a part of building it.”
Kronour has been involved with Ford now for 10 years, seven of those as a contracted employee. He has been at the Lima plant for five months.
“I spend a lot of my time in meetings discussing safety initiatives,” Kronour said. “Ford is very proactive.”
Kronour helps Ford do assessments and reviews of work stations, ensuring safety for its employees. Currently, he is helping implement a pilot program that trains people in leadership positions to help make the work environment safer at Ford.
“This is a program that has had a lot of success elsewhere, and we jumped on the chance to try it,” Kronour said. “It focuses on human factors that drive decision making. The human mind can get used to seeing something every day, and it can shut out a potential hazard that you see. The training helps to look at the work area in a different perspective.”
The training focuses on employees in leadership positions such as the management team, supervisors and team leaders, Kronour said.
Kronour graduated from Lebanon High School and Eastern Kentucky University, where he received degrees in safety engineering and risk management.
He and his wife, Lindsay, have 3-year-old twins.They make their home in Michigan, but Kronour said he has an apartment in Lima where he stays for work.