Bremen Casting Inc. is a family-owned foundry and machine shop. It was founded in 1939 in Bremen, Indiana. For the last 70 years, Bremen Castings, Inc has become known worldwide for its quality gray and ductile iron machined castings. Keeping up with technology is high on our priority list and our company continually reinvests in new equipment for production, environmental, and automation improvements. Our commitment to the environment is clear, too: we use 92% recycled ferrous material to produce world-class gray and ductile iron castings for our customers worldwide.
However, neither of these accomplishments is first among our priorities. All of these concerns take second-place when it comes to our utmost concern, which is to make certain that our employees are as safe as possible when they are on the job. In this industry, that involves making considerable efforts.
For the last two years, Bremen Casting has been emphasizing the importance of safety in the workplace to all of our employees. As president of Bremen Casting, I want my employees to think about safety the same way that professional athletes think about golf or football, that is, to think about it automatically and without question.
We are succeeding. In a job where workers deal with heavy volumes of hot molten iron, there are undoubtedly added dangers, but Bremen Casting is seeing a dramatic decrease in injuries thanks to the added safety measures put into place.
Safety is the first thing discussed in our daily production meetings. All safety accidents and incidents require a report that is emailed to the entire management team. We believe that all employees are members of the safety team and we all have a role in providing corrective action when needed.
Also, each of our departments has a weekly safety audit in which they are scored by someone trained outside that department. We even go so far as to rate the housekeeping staff on their safety performance. During the hot summer months, Bremen workers cool off around the clock because we provide an ample supply of free freezer pops.
Since the increased safety initiative in 2010, BCI has had an 81% percent reduction in Recordable Accidents (anything requiring outside treatment) and a more than 100% percent reduction in Lost Time Accidents (an injury that requires at least one day off from work.) During 2012, Bremen Casting completed an entire year without any Lost Time Accidents — a first in the history of the company. I am proud to announce that we are currently past 452 days and over 675,000 million man-hours without a Lost Time injury.