Metals afety levels improving: survey

Metals afety levels improving: survey

Metals Service Center Institute shows members' incident rates are falling despite increased man hours.

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December 8, 2014
Manufacturing Group
Manufacturing

 aRolling Meadows, Illinois – A safety survey report by the Metals Service Center Institute (MSCI) shows members’ incident rates are falling despite increased man hours, across all sizes of member companies. The survey report was designed to help companies evaluate their own safety performance relative to similar-sized companies to help identify opportunities for improvement.

 
The MSCI Safety Survey Report is just one of the suite of safety education and product offerings available for association members. “Every company has a moral responsibility to ensure their employees return home in the same condition in which they arrived. That’s why we hold an annual safety conference and continually add to the safety resources we offer,” said M. Robert Weidner III, MSCI president and CEO. 
 
Respondents to the survey identified their top three safety issues or concerns as: Leadership/Accident Prevention, Training, and Material Handling and Compliance. The most frequent type of injuries cited were lacerations/cuts/abrasions, strains and sprains, followed by bruises and contusions. 
 
Each year MSCI hosts a Safety Conference, open to all members and non-members, to learn from experts and share best practices. Richard Robinson, president of Norfolk Iron & Metal, is one of the many companies that participates. “Safety is universal and it doesn’t matter if it is the biggest or smallest company, we all want employees to go home healthy, with no accidents. To have a meeting and share practices and meet with vendors who have new equipment is extremely helpful. It serves a need everyone has: There’s no one that can’t afford to be better at safety.”
 
Most recently MSCI partnered with Optimum Results to sponsor a Safety Helpline for its members. The company offers dedicated resources to respond to questions via phone or email. Topics covered by the hotline include (but are not limited to): Safety Culture Development, OSHA Compliance, Incident Investigation, OSHA Inspection Response, OSHA Recordkeeping, and Safety Team Development. Members can find the new Safety Helpline at http://www.msci.org/safety/msci-safety.
 
“Safety is a moral issue and an ethical issue,” added Dave Hannah, CEO and chairman of Reliance Steel & Aluminum. “But it’s also good business sense as a whole to have a safe work environment. It’s conducive to attracting good people, and safety goes hand in hand with quality and service. It’s all linked. The impact of improving safety is that is makes the company better, safer and more efficient.”  
 
Founded in 1909, the Metals Service Center Institute, based in Rolling Meadows, Illinois, is a non-profit association serving the metals industry. It has over 400 member companies operating from more than 1,500 locations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and throughout the world. A recent study shows the American metals industry accounts for nearly 2.5 million jobs and the economic contribution of the industry is more than $552 billion or more than 3.5% of the nation’s gross domestic product. 
 
Source: MSCI