Last month The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA) and CNA announced its 2017 recipients of the Safety Award of Honor , and D & M Metal Products was included in that list along with many other excellent fabrication firms. The FMA/CNA Safety Awards program was created to promote safety in the industry and recognizes metal fabrication companies that have an ongoing commitment to excellence in this area.

Every year the Safety Award of Honor winners are determined by the FMA Safety Council and given to companies that have “perfect safety records of no recordable injuries or illnesses for the reporting period” which for this award was January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016. Firms of all sizes were eligible for consideration. FMA selected the winners based on North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code categories and BLS injury and illness incidence rates.OSHA safety guidelines exist to protect workers, but better attention to safety also  increases productivity. Every year citations from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cost metal fabricating businesses millions of dollars in fines, but those costs do not include other direct or indirect costs such as damaged equipment, medical costs, replacement personnel, and increased workers’ compensation.  

OSHA’s top 10 most frequent and costly citations to metal fabricators are:  

  1. Machine guarding and safe equipment use
  2. Electrical
  3. Material handling
  4. Personal protective equipment
  5. Toxic and hazardous substances
  6. Walking/working surfaces
  7. Fire protection and emergency planning
  8. Hazard communication
  9. General duty
  10. Welding, cutting, and brazing

Developing safety programs that focus on these areas and adequately train workers to understand and protect themselves from safety hazards is crucial to both avoiding individual accidents and improving the work environment and resulting efficiency and productivity. It’s worth the investment. Many studies have shown that money allocated to health and safety does yield a significant financial return over time. It also contributes to employee morale. Since finding and retaining good workers is a key element to any fabrication company’s success, it makes sense to invest in the safety and well being of those workers. It’s also the right thing to do.

D & M Metal is fully committed to complying with OSHA’s safety guidelines and ensuring a safe work environment. We are proud to be included with other firms who were recognized for their hard work and efforts towards the creation of a better safety culture in the fabrication industry. We would like to thank the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association and CNA for this award.