Safety is our number one priority

No LTIs remain critical on our Journey to Zero


ArcelorMittal USA remains committed to our focus on zero fatalities, as well as a strong emphasis on no lost time injuries. Several ArcelorMittal USA sites and departments achieved zero global LTIs over 12 months or longer – a critical requirement on our continued Journey to Zero.

According to Mike Ryan, manager health and safety best practices, ArcelorMittal USA, “such improved results prove we can work without serious injuries.”

Three facilities improved their overall performance by recording no LTIs: Columbus, Piedmont and Riverdale.

“After four years of poor safety performance, Riverdale conducted a detailed analysis and developed a focused improvement plan, said Mark Dutler, operations manager, ArcelorMittal Riverdale. “The analysis and plan were communicated to the entire workforce at Riverdale so that the common goal of improving safety could be achieved.”

The Riverdale plan consisted of five key components: reassigning resources to areas with the most critical need; strategic projects to help with several ergonomic issues; engaging the workforce on safety solutions; using layered audits to target problem areas, and improving safety skills of at-risk employees.

“Riverdale’s plan moving forward encompasses much of the same plan as last year with additional focus on using the hazard identification and risk assessment (HIRA) process to focus on the most challenging tasks,” added Dutler. “Making the results sustainable is the only way we can achieve our goals on our Journey to Zero.”

At ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor, Chuck Mauder, division manager, services and spares, says good communication is a requirement for an improved safety performance.

“All employees have to be engaged. A near miss is going to turn into an accident if it isn’t reported. Make sure you publicize it, so people can learn from it. Make sure people are aware of the conditions that cause the near miss to avoid an accident in the future. Our central spares west group has gone without an LTI for eleven years. That’s a remarkable achievement. They take responsibility for their personal safety, do HIRAC-lites, talk through every job and ask for help when they need it,” noted Mauder.

As a plant, Burns Harbor set several health and safety performance records for the year. Those include: all injury rate, recordable cases and rates, and record low LTI cases and rates.

At the Burns Harbor coke plant, similar to the railroads and other areas, working in extreme temperatures also brings another set of challenges. Yet, the coke plant, and several of our railroads, recorded no LTIs for the year as well.

“At the coke plant, our employees must work through some of the most extreme temperatures and elements all year round,” noted Tim Candiano, division manager, coke plant operations, ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor. “I’m very proud of our employees. They have shown what is possible when everyone is actively engaged and focused on preventing injuries. It requires using all the tools available and recognizing the inherent hazards on each job, every day.

“In 2016, we will continue to focus on new employees entering the work force and performing HIRAC-lites,” added Candiano. “Above all, we must all realize that our actions on the job will impact our families and co-workers if any of us get hurt. There is no shortcut or excuse that is worth the price of a life and the tragedy that our families will have to endure.”

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