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Tyler Union Holds Disa and Melt Department Team Appreciation Luncheon

In recognition and appreciation of their accomplishments in February, Tyler Union held a luncheon for the Disa and Melt Department team members on March 9.

The Disa Department was recognized for no safety recordables and over six GTPH (good tons per hour) with less than 5% downtime during the month of February!

The Melt Department was recognized for meeting all production goals and scoring the highest grade on the Environmental Scorecard for the month.

UFC 2018 Disa-Melt Department Aprpeciation Luncheon

Pictured bottom left Disa Crew: Rafael Alvarez, William Averitte, Michael Blakely, Jayc Brisker, Roger Camp, Carl Daniel, Dilion Davis. Kenneth Dixon, Dustin Doss, Anthony Dudley, Carrall East, Brandell Elston, Juan Flores, LaRay Fomby, Torey Gamble, Alex Garcia, Wesley Gibbs, Timmy Graham, Joe Harbin, Anthony Harden, Arsenio Hayes, Chris Hovenden, Fred Hughley, John McNair, Calvin Merkerson, Reggie Miller, Chad Norton, Matthew Phillips, Tiki Roberts, Jeremy Shell, Tyler Smith, Dakota Strickland, Greg Thomas, Sammy Thomas, Steven Vinyard, Hank Vree, Chris Wagner and David Wagnon.  Not pictured: Tommy Ardis, Shannon Bates, Roger Bell, Mondrecco Bush, Josh Gerhart, Ed Grinfield, Wesley Hartness, Larry Huey and Jeremy Jackson. Pictured top right Melting Crew: Tracy Bates, Chad Biggers, Justin Busby, Everett Clayborn, Adrian Eady, Juvenal Estrada, Matthew Gowens, Phillip Haynes, Justin Holcomb, Brandon Leath, Mark Marable, Tim McCain, Justin McGatha, Elijah McRath, James Morris, Billy Pressley and Mark Terry.

 

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MIPL Celebrates National Safety Week

McWane India Private Limited (MIPL) valve and hydrant, machine tooling and Time Square teams located in Coimbatore, India celebrated National Safety Week on March 5-12, 2018.  They kicked off the event with a safety flag raising led by MIPL Senior Vice President K. Shanmugham on March 5.

Several activities were planned for the week including special speeches by managers and shop floor team members on the importance of National Safety Week. During the week they held safety themed demonstrations, a vehicle emissions camp, safety training, and knowledge sharing with other industries. A total of 45 vehicles were tested at the Time Square location to insure they met the required environmental standards and an eye camp was conducted for 180 team members.

Team members competed for prizes for the best safety slogan and safety demonstration and best safety photo and drawing. Team members not only enjoyed themselves, but they learned lots of safety tips during the weeklong event.

MIPL 2018 National Safety Week

Manchester Tank Quincy Celebrates 2017 Safety Record

The Manchester Tank team in Quincy, Illinois ended 2017 with a 2.16 total recordable injury rate and to thank team members for their commitment to working safe every day they recently held a ribeye steak cookout complete with twice baked cheesy potatoes, green beans, roll with tea and lemonade topped off with a Manchester Tank sheet cake. The cookout was catered by the local Hy-Vee Supermarket and team members really enjoyed the lunch.

During the lunch, they reminded team members to follow the job safety analysis (JSA) for every job they perform and the importance of looking for and correcting any hazards in their work area and keeping an eye out for unsafe behaviors.  By following these guidelines, they can have an even better 2018.

MTQ 2018 Safety celebration

Another McWane VPP Site!

We are pleased to announce that after almost a year of waiting, McWane Ductile located in Phillipsburg, New Jersey (MDNJ) received their official notification that they have been approved for VPP Merit status.  Their extensive and comprehensive on-site evaluation by a team of five OSHA personnel and one external Special Government Employee was held June 5-9, 2017.

They have been asked to perform additional industrial hygiene monitoring for non-routine and off-shift tasks (the only issue identified by the entire OSHA team).  Once that is complete, they will be able to apply for the Star designation.

McWane Vice-President of Health & Safety Barb Wisniewski said, “It is very fitting that this announcement tops off an outstanding year for MDNJ’s health and safety success, i.e., winner of the 2017 McWane Top Quartile Club Award and the 2017 McWane EHS Excellence (Screaming Eagle) Award.  You should be extremely proud—very well deserved!”

MDNJ joins six other McWane facilities that had been recognized as VPP sites.  In fact, all three McWane Ductile locations are now VPP sites (McWane Ductile Ohio-VPP Star, McWane Ductile-Utah-VPP Star and MDNJ-VPP Merit).

Congratulations to everyone at MDNJ!

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M&H Valve Joins the 2017 McWane Injury/Illness Quartile Club

In 2017, McWane instituted a new program called the Quartile Club. To be in the Quartile Club, a facility must have a total recordable injury rate (TRIR) at or below the 1st quartile rates for their industry as provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
We are pleased to announce that M & H Valve Company is one of four members that made the 2017 McWane Injury/Illness Quartile Club. We will be announcing the other winners soon so check back here to find out who else achieved this prestigious honor.
M&H General Manager Tony Orlowski said, “I’m proud of the dedication the employees of M&H Valve have shown over the past year to safety – their own safety and that of the people who work beside them every day. This puts us in the top tier of companies in our industry and there’s no better exclusive group to be in.”
Congratulations to the entire team at M&H Valve for their hard work and dedication to working safely each and every day!
Resized MHV QUARTILE CLUB

Pictured from L-R: Tony Orlowski, Jeff Rasmussen, Cecil Payne, Mike Fulmer, Josh Gunning, Stacy Engle and Susan Roach

Clow Valve Kicks off 2018 with Safety in Mind!

The Clow Valve team started 2018 with safety in mind. Production start-up for the new year was delayed by a day so that team members from both the Machine Shop (MS) and Metal Casting Facility (MCF) could come together at William Penn University to review how their safety impacts others. Guest speakers, Russ and Laurel Youngstrom, shared their very descriptive story about how his refusal to follow safety rules changed their lives forever.

Ruffner Page updated the team on the company and emphasized personal accountability and how important their health and wellbeing is to the organization.  A panel moderated by Chris Prendergast emphasized the importance of accountability for safety and how critical it is to work as a team for the safety of self and others.

Several interactive activities were conducted throughout the day that revealed how an injury impacts your ability to do routine things. Activities included, blindfolded cereal bowl filling, immobilized back bending and sitting exercise, and getting dressed while having a shoulder injury. Additionally, there was an exercise that demonstrated the effects to a team when a member is removed due to injury.

They also announced the 2017 safety achievements, specifically a record low for recordable injuries for Clow Valve Oskaloosa.

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Utah Safety Council Recognizes McWane Ductile Utah

We are proud to announce that McWane Ductile Utah (MDU) received the 2017 Award of Merit presented by the Utah Safety Council. The Utah Safety Council is a chapter of the National Safety Council and serves Utah, Idaho and Nevada.

MDU Award of Merit

Pictured L-R: Utah Safety Council Representative, Ryan Grassley, Karen Tuckett, Angie Reece, and David Vazquez

Radia Rocks River Rally

Jeet Radia, McWane’s senior vice president for environment, safety, and human resources, was a featured speaker and panel member at River Rally 2016 in Mobile, Alabama. Hosted annually by River Network, River Rally is a national conference that focuses on education, inspiration and celebration within the river and watershed community. Unique in its focus on connecting peers, providing practical education, inspiring courage, and celebrating achievements, River Rally drew 450 people from across the United States to Mobile May 20-23.

Jeet discussed McWane’s commitment to the highest standards of environmental, health and safety protection, and how McWane has become an industry leader in operating our facilities in  a safe, sustainable and environmentally sound manner. He also reiterated McWane’s commitment to forming collaborative relationships with environmental groups to explore mutually beneficial initiatives to protect our natural resources.

Jeet serves on the board of directors of the Cahaba River Society, a member of the River Network.

Since 1988, River Network has been at the forefront of expanding national interest in protecting the America’s waters, encouraging diversity in the environmental movement, and helping engaged citizens take a stand for their waters.

To learn more about the River Network visit www.rivernetwork.org

And the winners of the 2015 McWane EHS Awards are…

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McWane Senior VP of Environmental, Safety, and Human Resources Jeet Radia and Tyler Couplings Plant Manager Bill Hoffman

We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 McWane EHS Awards:

  • Most Improved TRIR-Fabrication: Anaco / Corona, CA
  • Most Improved TRIR-Foundry: McWane Ductile-New Jersey / Phillipsburg, NJ
  • Outstanding Health & Safety Performance: Tyler Couplings / Marshfield, MO
  • Outstanding Environmental Performance-Fabrication: Manchester Tank / Crossville, TN
  • Outstanding Environmental Performance-Foundry: Clow Valve / Oskaloosa, IA and AB&I Foundry / Oakland, CA
  • Outstanding Environmental Progress-Foundry: Tyler Xianxian / Cangzhou, China
  • EHS Excellence (Screaming Eagle): Tyler Couplings / Marshfield, MO

Congratulations to this year’s winners!

Manchester Tank-Bedford Conducts Training on Causation of Incidents

MTB Incident Training

As part of their ongoing continuous improvement initiative to reduce incidents at the Manchester Tank Bedford facility, the Manchester Tank team held a two-day training event on the Causation of Incidents and the newly implemented Accountability Program. Rex Blevins, Group Safety Director for the Manchester Tank group, conducted the training and provided all management personnel, members of the safety committee, and Union Leadership at the Bedford facility information on what causes accidents and the importance of pro-active initiatives to reduce the number of near misses and potential risks in the work environment and achieve a reduction in incident rates of up to 80%.

Those who attended the training found it to be very interesting and very beneficial. The facility will use the months of November and December to practice conducting team member observations, evaluating JSAs, and increasing management-team member contacts before their Accountability Program goes into full effect on January 1, 2016.

Safety department representatives from Manchester Tank Quincy, Elkhart, and Crossville also attended the event.