☷St Louis steel manufacturer lowers injury rates by investing in safety training equipment to protect workers on the job | U S Department of Labor
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St . Louis steel manufacturer lowers injury rates by investing in safety training , equipment to protect workers on the job St . Louis Cold Drawn continues in OSHA Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program ST . LOUIS ‒ Seeking to challenge an unfortunate fact in the cold steel manufacturing industry – where nearly 4 percent of all cold steel workers suffer recordable injuries each year – one Missouri company took action in 2016 , setting a goal to change its safety culture to develop a better safety awareness and risk assessment of the potential for employee’s getting injured on the job . St . Louis Cold Drawn Inc . contacted Missouri On - Site Safety and Health Consultation Program officials to help them improve their safety and health management program . The revised program addresses hazards , ensures training , and implements preventive measures to keep workers safe . Workers in the cold steel industry face conditions during production , maintenance and shipping of finished products that expose them to many hazards , including amputation , fractures and crushing injuries . “The Missouri On - Site Consultation Program helped St . Louis Cold Drawn understand that OSHA works cooperatively with businesses who voluntarily implement programs to ensure the workers’ safety and health , ” said U . S . Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Acting Regional Administrator Steven J . Kaplan in Kansas City , Missouri . “St . Louis Cold Drawn made major improvements to its safety programs and did so with worker input . These efforts increased the ownership and involvement in safety at all levels of the company’s organization and significantly enhanced its safety culture . ”During 14 separate safety and health visits , the consultants identified hazards and worked with the company’s maintenance and production team to implement new safety measures . Specifically , the company added new machine guarding , adjusted its warehouse layout to better protect workers from hazards , and improved ergonomics and hazard communication throughout the facility . “The example of St . Louis Cold Drawn’s ability to reduce injury and illness significantly in a high - hazard industry shows what can be done when a company listens to its workers and involves them in emphasizing training and using required procedures to develop effective workplace safety programs , ” Kaplan said . The company earned OSHA’s Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program status in September 2020 and will seek renewal in 2022 . SHARP acknowledges small and medium - sized businesses that have used OSHA On - Site Consultation Services and operate exemplary workplace safety and health programs . St . Louis Cold Drawn Inc . manufactures cold - drawn rounds , hexagons , squares , and special sections for the automotive and industrial markets in the U . S . The company employs about 125 people at its location in St . Louis . Learn more about OSHA’s SHARP program . Companies interested in the program should contact the local OSHA On - Site Consultation Program to discuss details and schedule an on - site safety and health evaluation . Find the On - Site Consultation Program nearest you by calling 800 - 321 - OSHA ( 6742 ) or visiting OSHA’s program website . Learn more about OSHA .
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