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Safety Comes First, October 15, 2014 to be Safety Stand Down Day

October 11, 2014

Dear Friends and Colleagues:

The past few weeks have been tragic ones for the recycling industry. The scrap recycling industry is a safe industry that is getting safer. However, since early August, we have suffered at least eleven fatalities and multiple critical injuries at facilities owned by, or associated with, ISRI members and at some non-ISRI member owned facilities.

This is a disturbing trend that must be stopped. Each of these terrible tragedies happened at companies that are owned and managed by good people who run fine companies. If tragedy can strike there, it can strike anywhere.

In an effort to reaffirm safety as our number one core value and focus our members’ attention on the safety of their workplaces and their employees, ISRI is declaring October 15, 2014 to be Safety Stand-Down Day. We urge each of our member companies to shut down operations for at least one hour on every shift that day to engage in safety awareness training. The training can take any form you wish, from employee training to a management walk-around, or any other effective safety training method you are comfortable with. 

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