Bucyrus plant marks 1 million hours of safety

A PLANT owned by US-based equipment manufacturer Bucyrus has achieved the rare feat of 1 million hours worked without a lost-time injury.
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The Bucyrus Gleithobel GH1600 plow.

Donna Schmidt

The last injury at the facility in Houston, Pennsylvania, just south of Pittsburgh, occurred February 5, 2010.

Bucyrus said the manufacturing and operations crew at the location met its goal by focusing on safety and realizing that safety is a top-down and bottom endeavor.

Support from employees combined with strong management support to mesh safety into how everyone accomplished work assignments.

“Houston has continued to improve its performance for many years now,” the company said.

“Employees have gone from accepting unacceptable injuries to world-class performance in just a few years.”

The facility’s challenge now is to sustain the progress it has made to date. That can be done, Bucyrus said, the same way it came to achieve this most recent record.

“We must have safety evolve in each of us until we no longer see it as separate to how we do our jobs and live our lives, but as an inseparable and vital component.”

The OEM celebrated the achievement with the plant’s crews on March 23.

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