Iron foundries require incident management systems

With their brutally high temperatures, iron foundries can be very dangerous places to work. Proper incident management systems can help to keep workers safe and prevent accidents before they occur. Because once they take place, the damage may be irreversible.

In Etowah, Tennessee, recently, one man was injured while working at an iron foundry at a local site for Waupaca Foundry, a maker of ductile and iron, according to WRCB​. The company has a prolific operation, melting 9,500 tons a day, and in the midst of all this it's easy to understand how the scene can get chaotic without proper precautions. While tending to his duties, the man received several burns, and was quickly taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center for treatment.

The man's condition is still unclear. The company intends to conduct its own internal inquiry, but undoubtedly an OSHA accident investigation will be on its way as well.

Hopefully the man will survive with no long-term repercussions, but accidents like these always have the threat of tragedy. It is best to have incident management processes in place to ensure that employees are safe at all times and able to keep working without fear of injury. Otherwise, danger can strike at the moment you least expect it.

Topics: Incident Management, Health and Safety Program Management