U.S. Aluminum Industry Records Safest Year Ever

The safety and well-being of industry employees has long been a commitment of the Aluminum Association and the industry itself.  The industry reached a historic milestone: 2014 was the safest year on record for the U.S. aluminum industry according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics.

The report – the BLS Workplace Injury and Illness Summary – showed that the number of recordable workplace safety incidents in the aluminum industry fell to their lowest level since tracking began in the current system in 1994.  Recordable incidents declined 17 percent year-over-year in 2014 to a rate of 3.4 per 100 full-time employees while DART (Days away from Work, Restricted, or Transferred) cases similarly dropped 16 percent to 2.1 recordable incidents per 100 full time employees that resulted in lost or restricted days or job transfer. Both of these rates surpassed the performance of U.S. manufacturing as a whole which averaged a 4.0 recordable incident rate and 2.2 DART rate in 2014. 

Personal Protection Equipment demonstration at a Casthouse Safety Workshop.These improvements are the continuation of a trend – recordable incidents in the aluminum industry have declined by 48 percent since 2003 and the industry’s DART rate has dropped by 43 percent over that same period.  The industry and Association recognize that any incident or injury is one too many, and though there continues to be tremendous improvement, the industry strives to achieve zero incidents.

To help the industry continue its efforts to reach a zero incident and injury goal, the Association supports a variety of programs. Over the past 22 years, the Aluminum Association’s biannual Casthouse Safety Workshop series has trained more than 3,000 aluminum workers on hazard mitigation in the casthouse setting. In 2015, the Association trained more than 180 participants from more than 50 companies – a single-year record. 

To read the BLS Workplace Injury and Illness Summary Report, click here.

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