“Severe accidents never happen here” Well at least not yet. You hope they never happen but if they do, minutes count. That’s why Ebsco Spring expects the best, but plans for the worst.
Ebsco Spring Company has surprise “First Responder Drills”. At least once a quarter, Ebsco stages surprise severe accident exercises to test their response. Employees act out scripted scenes of major work related accidents. “These drills test our response to accidents” according to Production Vice President, Todd Pfeifer. “When major accidents occur, minutes count. We drill accident events to discover where we can improve.” “We test and then evaluate our employee’s initial response, our supervisor’s ability to control the accident environment and our first responder’s first aid actions. We record the event and then all sit down and critique our actions.”
Todd went on to say that it is surprising what you will discover in these drills. In one drill Pfeifer said they found that some employees did not know how to page on the company phone system. “It’s not something everyone uses day-to-day, but is pretty important during a crisis” said Pfeifer. “A simple decal on all phones took care of the problem”. “It cost time when the employee had to find someone to make the page.”
President and CEO, Cheryl Dooley said safety is the first priority at Ebsco. “We start training employees their first day that safety is a part of everything they do at Ebsco. We know that even with the best training and preparedness accidents still occur, that’s why they call them accidents. We are planning for the events we work daily to prevent. I hope we never need it, but if an accident happens, our training will kick in.”
Ebsco plans to continue quarterly accident drills and improving their response in the future.
Now if you will excuse me, I need to wash the fake blood off my hands.