ArcelorMittal’s sustainable development outcome one emphasizes safe, healthy, quality working lives for our people. To that end, we offer numerous health and wellness programs in the United States. With an aging workforce and rising healthcare costs, it is critical to equip our employees with information and tools required to lead a healthy lifestyle. In 2016, our health and safety programs proved effective in many ways. not only for our workforce, but for their families and local communities.
Bob Stoner, a process manager in the shipping department at ArcelorMittal Coatesville in Pennsylvania, was driving near our facility one day when he saw traffic backed up at an intersection. He heard screaming and ran to the scene to find a man who had collapsed. He immediately went to the man and checked his pulse. The man had no pulse and his eyes were rolled back in his head. Stoner decided to take action right away. He performed CPR for almost ten minutes until EMTs and ambulances arrived to the scene.
Stoner received CPR training at ArcelorMittal during Health and Safety Day. He explains, “When I took this training years ago, I never ever thought that I would be somebody that would be required to use it.” Because of that wellness training, Bob saved a life.
At ArcelorMittal, it is key that our employees and contractors are safe on the job. This includes everyone being aware of their surroundings and looking out for one another. This notion of shared vigilance is equally as vital when our people are away from work. Brian Sadowski is another example of shared vigilance in action.
Sadowski, an ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor iron producing MTE (maintenance technician electrical) was enjoying a walk on the beach with his wife at the Michigan City, Indiana, Lighthouse Pier this summer. His wife noticed a young boy, about 10 years old, struggling in the water. As they got closer, they noticed another boy. Without hesitation, Brian sprang into action and dove into the turbulent waters, swimming over 30 feet to rescue the boys. Fighting exhaustion, Brian noticed a different couple in the water fighting the undertows after trying to rescue the two boys. Brian managed to save these adults as well, serving as a human life preserver. Strong swimming and practicing shared vigilance saved the lives of four strangers.
We asked Brian how our company could prevent and protect individuals from downing in our lakefront. Sadowski mentioned the need for life-saving equipment on the lakefront, and we agreed to assist. “At ArcelorMittal, safety is paramount in everything we do, including shared vigilance which is watching out for the safety of others,” said John Mengel, vice president and general manager, ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor. “When learning of Brian’s involvement in saving the lives of those four people, I wasn’t surprised that he quickly took action. He is a great example of a caring individual who risked his own life, by heroically stepping in to save those in need.
Following Brian’s input, our company met with the Michigan City Lakefront safety committee and asked the group to develop a list of what was needed to quickly get this equipment purchased and installed. Within a month, the committee made its recommendations. ArcelorMittal agreed to purchase and pay the installation costs for 25 Coast Guard-approved ring buoys and cabinets, each with 100 feet of rope and a theft stopper. The equipment would be installed at three sites: Washington Park, Millennium Park and Department of Natural Resources lakefront property locations.
In the grant proposal, the safety committee stated: “ArcelorMittal and the Lakefront Safety Committee pride themselves on the focus on safety. Since 2014, 25 people have been victims of water accidents off and around these areas and six drowned. In several cases, bystanders had no equipment to attempt a rescue.”
With the purchase of this life-saving equipment, ArcelorMittal hopes to set an example of shared vigilance in Northwest Indiana.
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