Our Safety Committee meets jointly with AK representatives each month to discuss safety issues throughout the mill. Our Bargaining Agreement sets the standard for this committee.  This committee is appointed by the Local President to serve a 2 year term.

Mark Thomas – Shipping

Matt Marzullo – Melt Shop Mtc

Joe Betro – Boiler House

Cody Celestin – Melt Shop

If you have any safety concerns or questions, always contact your Safety Coordinator.  You can also call Jim Fletcher, Safety Chairman, at 724-284-2693.  The Safety Committee can also steer you in the right direction if you are ever in need of a safety answer.  Please do not hesitate to call the Union office for any help you may need.

Always Work Safe!

Other Safety groups and Department Managers contact info:

Group 1 Melt Shop / Cast / RefractoryDan Andrews, extension 2345

Group 2A Hot Mill – Eric Tola, extension 2048

Group 2B North Processing – Kurt Boehm, extension 2907

Group 3 Cold Mill / Material Movement / Electrical Finishing / Shipping / Roll Grinding – Aaron Steinheiser, extension 2209

You'll Last Longer After A Little Rest.

Welcome to OSHA’s Campaign to Prevent Heat Illness in Outdoor Workers

HEAT ILLNESS CAN BE DEADLY. Every year, thousands of workers become sick from exposure to heat, and some even die. These illnesses and deaths are preventable.

This webpage is part of OSHA’s nationwide outreach campaign to raise awareness among workers and employers about the hazards of working outdoors in hot weather. The educational resources on this website give workers and employers information about heat illnesses and how to prevent them. There are also training tools for employers to use and posters to display at their worksites. Many of the new resources target vulnerable workers with limited reading skills or who do not speak English as a first language. OSHA will continue to add information and tools to this page throughout the summer.

OSHA is also partnering with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on weather service alertsNOAA’s Heat Watch page now includes worker safety precautions when extreme heat alerts are issued.

We invite you to join in this effort by helping to reach workers and employers in your community with the resources you will find on this site.


AFL-CIO Releases “Death on the Job” Report

The AFL-CIO has released its annual workplace fatality report.  Given the 40th anniversary of the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA), as well as the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, the AFL-CIO has called for safety precautions that are both stronger and more effective, as well as higher OSHA penalties.

The report brought up concerns such as efforts made by business groups and the House of Representatives to cut OSHA funding and block regulations.  The Upper Big Branch Mine-south in West Virginia was cited, as well as the Kleen Energy power plant in Middletown, CT, and the Tesoro refinery in Anacortes, WA, as just a few good reasons for more safety regulations.

Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that, in 2009 alone, 4,340 workers died on the job.  According to the report, by the AFL-CIO, Montana’s fatality rate was highest (10.8 per 100,000 workers), followed by North Dakota and Louisiana (7.2).

On the 40th anniversary of OSHA and the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, AFL-CIO calls for stronger, more effective safety precautions.


NIOSH - National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

Manufacturing Sector

Over 16 million people are employed in the Manufacturing Sector of the United States, based upon The U. S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics data as of December 2008. Workers are at risk for illness and injuries because of long hours, changing shifts, contact with machinery and equipment, slips and falls, physical exertion and repetitive motions causing musculoskeletal disorders, hazardous exposure to toxic substances such as heavy metals, organic solvents, pesticides, dust, isocyanates, chemicals, aerosol, nanoparticals, carbon monoxide, explosions and structural failures, noise, ototoxicants, stress and new technologies in work organization, etc.

The majority of the jobs in the Manufacturing Sector are labor intensive. Workers are engaged in the mechanical, physical or chemical transformation of material, substances or components into products. Establishments in the manufacturing sector are often described as plants, factories, or mills and characteristically use power-driven machines and materials/handling equipment. However, establishments that transform materials or substances into new products by hand or in the worker’s home and those engaged in selling to the general public products made on the same premises from which they are sold, such as bakeries, candy stores, and custom tailors, may also be included in this sector. Manufacturing establishments may process materials or may contract with other establishments to process their materials for them. Both types of establishments are included in manufacturing.

The mission of the NIOSH research program for the Manufacturing sector is to eliminate occupational diseases, injuries, and fatalities among workers in manufacturing industries through a focused program of research and prevention. The program strives to fulfill its mission through the following:

  • High Quality Research: NIOSH will continually strive for high quality research and prevention activities that will lead to reductions in occupational injuries and illnesses among workers in manufacturing industries.For example, working with commercial rotogravure printers, NIOSH researchers showed that printers exposed to both toluene and noise had a higher probability of developing hearing loss than workers exposed to noise alone or toluene alone. They also found that noise control solutions for the presses often increased the concentration of toluene present around the presses. This Ototoxicity Research has led to increased awareness of chemical and noise interactions in a variety of industries.
  • Practical Solutions: The NIOSH program for the Manufacturing sector is committed to the development of practical solutions to the complex problems that cause occupational diseases, injuries, and fatalities among workers in these industries.For example, the household appliance industry involves manually intensive parts assembly that is governed by a fixed work pace. A NIOSH workplace assessment found that attaching a bellows part to the drum of a washing machine created a bottleneck in the production line and was a high risk for musculoskeletal disorders. Specialty equipment was adapted from a similar operation in Europe to mechanize this procedure. The installation of this equipment reduced exposure to forceful pinching and decreased the amount of finger pain among the work group. This equipment also eliminated this task as a bottleneck in the assembly line.
  • Partnerships: NIOSH recognizes that collaborative efforts in partnership with labor, industry, government, and other stakeholders are usually the best means of achieving successful outcomes. Fostering these partnerships is a cornerstone of the NIOSH program for the Manufacturing sector.An example of this type of partnering can be found in the GM-UAW-NIOSH Partnership.NIOSH has a Memorandum of Understanding jointly with General Motors (GM) and the United Auto Workers (UAW) to address occupational safety and health research issues of mutual interest. Under this partnership agreement, GM has provided technical expertise and access to their facilities, the UAW has provided technical expertise and access to their members, and NIOSH has provided scientific leadership and manpower. Issues such as metalworking fluids and hearing protection have been addressed through the partnership, and have resulted in safer working conditions within GM plants and for UAW members. NIOSH has generalized and disseminated the results to improve safety and health working conditions for workers and companies using similar processes.
  • Research to Practice: NIOSH believes that our research only realizes its true value when put into practice. Every research project within the NIOSH program for the Manufacturing sector formulates a strategy to promote the transfer and translation of research findings into prevention practices and products that will be adopted in the workplace.An example of r2p for the Manufacturing sector program can be seen in foundry research. Over the years, NIOSH has conducted a wide variety of research projects in foundries, focusing on such contaminants as crystalline silica. This research has resulted in a number of NIOSH products that have provided the foundry industry with the assistance needed to better control their crystalline silica exposures. These products include Caution: Foundry at Work, a video on foundry safety and health, and a workstation design to better control crystalline silica exposures during casting cleaning.


Content Source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Office of the Director