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A Snapshot of Safety


M ‘‘ etalcasters love to


melt and pour metal. T ey love the beauty. T ey love the power. T ey love


manufacturing something engineered from nothing more than scrap. But this love and passion doesn’t always come


through in the day-to-day business of running a metalcasting facility. Whether metalcasters are working with customers like you or regulators from the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), the focus tends to be on the technical aspects of metalcasting and the


The image has visual drama that is conveyed instantly.”


grind of running a manufacturing business. The love and passion often is lost. That is why I was overjoyed to see the results


of OSHA’s annual photo contest (see the story on p. 15). The photo shown at left featuring several metalcasters pouring a mold was awarded first place. As stated by one of the contest’s judges, “T is


image has visual drama that is conveyed instantly. Personal protective equipment is seen clearly [and] each member of the team works in concert.” T e photo exudes metalcasters’ love and passion while recognizing the realities of running a manufacturing business. Metalcasters’ hard work to improve safety is beginning to pay off . Sure, recognition in a photo contest is great, but, more importantly, workplace incident rates have been on a signifi cant decline the last decade (despite the blip from 2009-2010 due to the economy), as the story on p. 12 illustrates. When you visit a supplier, look around to see


how the facility has changed—from the air you breathe to the ground you walk on to the employees you watch making your engineered castings. Today’s metalcasters have taken on the challenge of their past and are moving the industry forward. We have the award-winning photo to prove it.


Alfred Spada, Publisher/Editor-in-Chief


This snapshot of safety was awarded fi rst place in OSHA’s annual photo contest. It was taken by Elena Finizio, an OSHA offi cer from Massachusetts.


If you have any comments about this editorial or any other item that appears in Metal Casting Design & Purchasing, email me at aspada@afsinc.org.


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