ADMC employees work safely, earn DA award
October 27, 2011
ANNISTON ARMY DEPOT, Ala. -- As of press time Wednesday night, the Anniston Defense Munitions Center had 1,093 days without a lost time accident -- nearly three years.
Because of their excellent safety record, and the procedures ADMC has in place to ensure it continues, the organization was recently awarded the Department of the Army's Industrial Operations Safety Award.
Brig. Gen. Gustave Perna, commanding general of Joint Munitions Command, presented the award to ADMC during his Oct. 25 visit to Anniston, congratulating leadership, workforce and their partners in Anniston Army Depot's Safety Office.
Lt. Col. Randall DeLong, ADMC's commander credits his employees with the impressive safety record to date and knows their impressive record stems from every member of the ADMC team, from the leadership through the chain of command, knows the safety rules and is invested in following them.
"The biggest credit goes to the employees," said DeLong. "We've instilled in them a knowledge of what it takes to keep themselves and their peers safe."
As part of ensuring every member of the organization is committed to safety, ADMC recently signed safety contracts, which are now posted in each shop.
DeLong said he sees the contracts as reinforcement, underlining the good things ADMC employees have done in the past, so they will continue to work safely in the future.
"We reinforce their training," said DeLong. "We have daily safety meetings and reinforce the best practices to keep safety in the forefront of every employee's mind."
DeLong also credits the depot's partnership with ADMC for the safety record. Through their tenant agreement, ADMC has access to the depot's Safety Office and the knowledge of its employees, including Cyndy Blakley, who recommended the safety contracts to DeLong.
"Every morning, when the employees come in, they see the contract and visitors see it also because it is posted at every door," said Blakley, ammunition safety specialist for Anniston Army Depot's Safety Office.
Blakley said some of the good safety habits reinforced by the contracts are the use of a buddy system throughout the work day and calling the Safety Office whenever any unsafe situation is encountered.
"The employees of ADMC all know if anyone sees a problem they can stop the operation at any time," said Blakley. "They work a lot of hours, a lot of overtime, but they work cautiously and make sure they are safe."