Doe Run’s FPI Manufacturing Division Achieves Perfect Safety Record
23 Sep 2014
Casa Grande, Az. (Sept. 23, 2014) – Fabricated Products Inc. (FPI), a wholly owned subsidiary of The Doe Run Company (Doe Run), received the National Safety Council’s Perfect Record Award for its commitment to creating a safe work environment. This achievement marks the fifteenth consecutive year that FPI’s Casa Grande, Arizona, facility has been recognized for its perfect safety record.
“At FPI, we manufacture complex and highly-customized lead-based products, such as nuclear waste containers that can weigh up to 130,000 pounds, so it is essential that we follow protocols to ensure we are operating safely every day,” said Tim Rango, human resources and safety manager at FPI. “Employees take an active role in determining the safest methods for completing a task, and make suggestions when they notice room for improvement. By creating a culture of safety, our staff of more than 30 employees have achieved more than 1.4 million safe hours without a lost-time accident.”
The National Safety Council determines eligibility for the Perfect Record Award based on an organization’s ability to meet safety requirements set by the Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHA). FPI’s Arizona facility fulfilled OSHA standards by operating without an occupational injury, illness involving days away from work, or employee death for a period of at least twelve consecutive months. In total, the facility has maintained this safe work environment for 180 straight months, since 1999.
FPI employees undergo approximately 20 hours of OSHA-regulated training annually, and complete an assessment after each training to demonstrate their understanding of the information and how they can put it into practice at work. The facility also holds regular meetings to identify potential issues and address ways to improve upon processes to avoid an incident.
“Doe Run holds employee safety as one of our top priorities. We are proud to celebrate another year of outstanding safety performance by employees at FPI,” said Aaron Miller, vice president of operations and chief operating officer at Doe Run. “We commend our employees in Arizona for committing to keeping each other safe so we can continue to provide quality products for our customers.”
Doe Run’s FPI facility in Arizona manufactures 30,000 tons of lead products for customers around the world. The facility produces sheet lead for roofing; lead shielding to block sound waves, X-rays and nuclear radiation; storage containers for radioactive waste; lead anodes for copper and zinc electrowinning; and bullet materials. The company also operates a facility in Vancouver, Washington, where it produces lead oxide for lead-acid batteries.
Doe Run’s high safety standards also have earned recognition for other divisions of the company. Two Doe Run mines earned the coveted Sentinels of Safety award from the National Mining Association in 2013, and the company’s Southeast Missouri Mining and Milling Division surpassed 3 million safe hours last year.
About The Doe Run Company
Based in St. Louis, The Doe Run Company is a privately held natural resources company and a global provider of lead, copper and zinc concentrates. Dedicated to environmentally responsible mineral and metal production, Doe Run operates one of the world’s largest, single-site lead recycling centers, located in Boss, Missouri. The Doe Run Company and its subsidiaries deliver products and services necessary to provide power, protection and convenience. Doe Run has operations in Missouri, Washington and Arizona. For more information, visit www.doerun.comor sustainability.doerun.com.