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           Local 1050

             Environmental, Health, & Safety



Update 9-1-17

UAW Local 1050 Health & Safety Update

Brothers and Sisters of Local 1050,

Over the past few months there have been several mobile equipment issues. As many of us know our mobile equipment fleet is getting older and may need to be repaired more often. When it comes to mobile equipment, we as operators must perform a pre-shift inspection of the equipment we are using. Arconic and OSHA state that, we as operators of such equipment, are responsible for that equipment while we are operating it. We want to remind everyone to make sure that the pre-shift inspections are being completed. If during your pre-shift inspection or throughout the day you find that the equipment is unsafe in any manner, STOP notify your supervisor and DO NOT OPERATE the equipment until the unsafe condition has been corrected. Don’t let anyone talk you into operating it for another hour, or until the next shift or until the weekend. You are responsible for that equipment when you are operating it. If anything is to happen, you will be held responsible by the company. We must speak up and let management know there is a problem. If we just continue to operate unsafe equipment without saying anything then nobody knows there is a problem. If your supervisor wants you to just operate the equipment regardless or gives you a hard time, notify your steward or any safety rep. If the supervisor directs you to proceed, make them take responsibility for the equipment by having them signing off on your pre-shift inspection sheet. Bottom line our stance is that we DO NOT OPERATE any equipment that is unsafe. Below you will find the General Safety Rules copied directly from the Arconic Mobile Equipment Safety & Health Manual.


GENERAL SAFETY RULES (apply to all mobile equipment)

1.       Mobile equipment operators shall be held directly responsible for the safe operation of their equipment. 

2.       Report all accidents whether they involve personal injury, equipment or material damage, collision or upsets to your supervisor immediately.  Do not remove your vehicle from the scene of an accident without proper authorization, unless it presents an unsafe condition.

3.       Whenever there is any doubt as to SAFETY, the mobile equipment operator shall stop the equipment refuse to operate the equipment until: 1) safety has been assured or 2) the operator has been directed to proceed by the supervisor, who then assumes all responsibility for the SAFETY of the lift.

4.       Always give pedestrians the right of way.  If workers or pedestrians block line of travel, slow down, or stop if necessary and sound horn.

5.       Do not attempt to make any mechanical repairs to mobile equipment. All maintenance work shall be done by authorized persons.

6.       Be careful when mounting and dismounting vehicles and use steps where provided.

7.       Face the direction you are traveling, never back up without looking to see that all is clear.

8.       Be sure your vehicle and load clears doors and doorways when entering or leaving buildings.

9.       No movement of vehicles or persons is allowed under high speed or motorized doors while they are in downward or upward motion.

10.   Park vehicle in a safe place when not in use.  Do not obstruct crossings, passageways or roadways. Leave forks lowered and in such a position as not to create a tripping hazard.

11.   Never park vehicles or set equipment and material closer than 6 feet from the nearest rail or railroad track.

12.   Stunt driving, racing and horseplay with vehicles shall not be permitted.

13.   Obey all traffic signs such as “STOP”, “SLOW”, “CAUTION”, “KEEP TO RIGHT”, etc.

14.   Sound horn at all blind corners, when passing through doorways, when passing other vehicles, pedestrians or workers, or whenever there is a sign indicating its use.  Never use horn to startle people.

15.   Do not use mobile equipment that has been tagged out for repairs, until equipment is released for use.  Equipmentis to be released by an authorized person.

16.   Vehicle operator shall obey all traffic regulations and traffic control signs.
Speed limits - In Buildings -- 7 mph  Outside Buildings – 15 mph

17.   Drive at safe, moderate speeds at all times. Never pass another moving vehicle in a roadway or aisle. Pass only when the other vehicle is stopped, conditions are clear and the driver motions you through. Use extra care in congested areas, when making turns or on rough floors or pavement.

18.   Effective October 1, 1998 bicycles will no longer be permitted to be used on the plant site.

19.   Pedestrians are not to be positioned within a minimum of 3 feet next to a vehicle in operation or stopped.  Unexpected movement of the vehicle including rear end swings during turning, load shifting during normal operation - can and do happen.

20.   All mobile equipment, equipped with lights, must have the lights on at all times during operation.

21.   A mobile equipment‘s vehicle ignition key must be turned to the “OFF” position when that vehicle is left unattended.


In Solidarity,

The UAW Health & Safety Committee


            If you have safety concerns and need a member of the UAW Health & Safety Committee do not hesitate to get a hold of us. We have safety reps located in each business. Below is a list of UAW Safety reps by business and shift.

Large Aero

Small Aero





Sandy Bulls-1st Shift

Michelle Taylor-1st Shift

Eric Knuckles-1st Shift

Randy Stout-1st Shift

Larry Smith-1st Shift

Don Galloway-1st Shift

Brent Gibson-2nd shift

Donna Gibson-1st Shift

Kevin Fallon-1st Shift

Jim Pettit-2nd Shift

Rick Peck-2nd Shift

Scott Berhent-1st Shift

Clayton Merriweather-3rd Shift

Robin Koecher-2nd Shift

Doug Peko-2nd Shift


Lance Dempsey-2nd Shift



In Solidarity,

Dan Leatherman

UAW Local 1050

Health & Safety Chairman