Iron Foundry Completes Full Year Without OSHA Incident

Central Castings ends 2010 with no recordable or lost-time accidents

Central Castings Corp. in Anniston, AL, recorded no OSHA Recordable or Lost Time Incident during the 2010 calendar year — “zero for both categories,” according to the foundry’s statement.

The malleable iron foundry is an operating subsidiary of TYCO Fire Suppression and Building Products. It emphasized that as of December 31, 2010, the company had completed 368 consecutive working days since its last OSHA recordable incident. It added that the plant exceeded 1,684 consecutive working days and over 2,072,469 hours without a lost-time accident.

Lost-time hours and recordable incidents are measured according to the U.S. Dept. of Labor’s Occupational Health and Safety Administration reporting requirements. OSHA requires plants to maintain records (OSHA Recordable Incident) on a range of work-related injuries and illnesses, including: restricted work activity (RWA); lost work activity (days away from work); medical treatment beyond first aid (OSHA recordable, non-lost time); transfer to another job due to injury; loss of consciousness; and fatality related to work. Injuries that require first aid and “near misses” are not OSHA Recordable.

“The Anniston team is very proud of this achievement,” according to the plant’s director of operations Robert Smith. “We feel it demonstrates TYCO’s and this team’s commitment to a safe workplace.

“Our team’s collective focus over the past several years has been to make a safe work environment a core value of the plant’s culture, rather than a program,” Smith continued. “While we celebrate the good performance, we are not driving numbers, but rather we believe a safe work environment is not a priority but a precondition. There are numerous benefits of this employee-driven culture. Just one example is there are no active work’s compensation cases for this plant. The last open case was closed over six months ago.”

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