What is our most important asset?
It’s as it should be at American Precision Die Casting: Our people come first around here. So the safety of our most valuable resource is paramount. In order to provide the APDC team the most realistic and up-to-date fire prevention training, we recently teamed with the best of the best. We partnered with the Cuba, Missouri Fire Department on Sept. 28, 2017.
“Everybody needs to be aware of the power of fire and many wrongly assume that using a fire extinguisher properly is instinctive and easy to do,” explained Mark Steele, APDC Human Resources Manager. “However, to do it safely and effectively in an emergency situation takes training and experience. We believe that the best training is hands-on and realistic to make sure our people are prepared to properly respond to any threat of fire quickly and decisively.”
The Cuba Fire Department firefighters familiarized the APDC team on the four different categories of fire extinguishers, each designed to fight different types of fires. Our people also learned how to maintain fire extinguishers, when to use a fire extinguisher, and how to properly release and apply fire retardant in a sweeping motion. The culminating training highlight for us all was the hands-on opportunity to use a fire extinguisher to put out a pre-set blaze.
Ongoing APDC plant wide occupational safety and training initiatives, such as this one, prevent mishaps and ensure the safety of our people, as well as, secures our ability to meet our customers manufacturing requirements.
Putting safety first and the application of solid risk management is part of the APDC culture:
- “Do I have the right equipment?”
- “Have I planned appropriately?”
- “Do I have the necessary skills?”
These are essential questions we want our people to ask themselves every day. Creating an environment for identifying hazards, assessing the consequences of those hazards, and mitigating the risks, is the best way we can support our people and keep them safe.
“Through increased fire training and awareness here at APDC, I hope our employees not only carry this fire training with them throughout their daily on-the-job duties but also into their off-duty time by being able to better protect their families and homes from a fire, if the need should ever arise,” added Steele.