For the last two years, Bremen Casting Inc. has made an extra push to drill down to all employees the importance of safety in the workplace. In a job where employees deal with heavy, hot molten iron, there is undoubtedly added dangers, but Bremen Casting is seeing a dramatic decrease in injuries thanks to the added safety measures put into place.
Safety is the first thing discussed in daily production meetings. All safety accidents and incidents require a report that is emailed to the entire management team. Bremen believes all employees are members of the safety team providing a better root cause and corrective action. All departments also have a weekly safety audit where they are scored from someone trained outside that department. They even go so far as to rate the housekeeping staff on their safety. And in the hot summer months, Bremen cools workers off, around the clock, with an ample supply of free freezer pops.
In 2011, these measures lead to a 63 percent reduction in Recordable Accidents;