Members of the PCD workforce pose with the million-man hour banner in front of the PCD Headquarters building. This accomplishment is a testament to the safety commitment PCD employees display each day.
Members of the PCD workforce pose with the million-man hour banner in front of the PCD Headquarters building. This accomplishment is a testament to the safety commitment PCD employees display each day. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL

Pueblo Chemical Depot, Col. - Pueblo Chemical Depot’s workforce achieved a significant safety milestone on December 23, 2021 – working over one million man-hours without a lost-time injury.

“Reaching one million duty-hours without a lost-time accident is no small feat,” said Randy Wojtala, PCD Safety and Occupational Health Manager. “In order to attain this milestone, each PCD employee had to work an average of 2,857 hours, or the equivalent of one year and four months, without a lost-time accident.

“This accomplishment would not have been possible without the continual commitment of PCD employees to work responsibly and remain mindful of their own safety, as well as the safety of those around them,” said Wojtala.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, PCD employees have continued to achieve mission successes and reach significant milestones in the destruction of the chemical munition stockpile stored at PCD, all while taking important precautions to protect their health.

As of April 1, 2022, the safety measures implemented by the PCD workforce have continued to prove fruitful, with 1,220,317 hours without a lost-time injury. In fact, it has been over a year since PCD has had a lost-time injury according to PCD safety records.

“Despite the challenging work conditions, it is PCD’s goal that every employee makes it safely home to their family each night,” said Sheila Johnson, PCD Deputy Commander.

Prior to reaching the million man-hour safety mark, PCD was recognized on November 30, 2021, for safety excellence while meeting training requirements and incident rate standards. The U.S. Army Safety Excellence Streamer was presented to PCD by Brig. Gen. Andrew Hilmes, Director of Army Safety and Commanding General of the U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center. The streamer demonstrates an installation’s commitment to accident prevention measures and successes. It is awarded to those that have completed 12 consecutive months without an at-fault Class A or B accident.

According to Colonel Jason Lacroix, PCD Commander, “Participation, collaboration, and contributions from every level and department helped PCD reach this significant safety milestone. I want to give special acknowledgement to the dedicated Safety and Occupational Health team, for striving to keep safety our top priority. I also want to thank the entire PCD workforce for working diligently and paying close attention to detail, making safety a key element during all operations.”

PCD, which reports to the U.S. Army Chemical Materials Activity, is responsible for safe and secure storage of the chemical weapons stockpile in Colorado until it is destroyed.