Doe Run's SEMO Division Achieves More Than One Million Safe Hours Without Incident

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Company’s Commitment to Safe Practices Helps Prevent Lost-Time Injuries

For the third time in its 40 years of operation, The Doe Run Company’s Southeast Missouri Mining & Milling Division (SEMO) in Viburnum, Mo., reached one million safe work hours without a lost-time injury. Since reaching one million hours on Sept. 28, 2012, SEMO employees have boosted the division’s milestone to more than 1,191,000 safe hours. SEMO also reached the one million safe hour milestone in 1989 and 1996, with 1,250,000 safe hours marking their highest achievement on record.

This milestone includes SEMO’s six mines and four mills in Missouri, which employ more than 860 people, and are responsible for 70 percent of the United States’ primary lead supply. SEMO employees receive 40 hours of in-depth training on Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) guidelines upon hire with continued safety training throughout their careers. Company-wide, Doe Run employees completed an estimated 15,000 hours of safety training in 2011.

“SEMO employees work in challenging conditions. Maintaining this level of safety can only be accomplished when we make the safety of ourselves and our team members our first priority,” said Steve Batts, general manager at SEMO. “Our policy is that no job is so important, and no service is so urgent, that we cannot take the time to perform it safely. For example, our employees conduct daily workplace exams to ensure work environments are injury-free and hazard-free and pre-shift exams on their mobile equipment to check that all the safety devices are functioning properly before using.”

Doe Run’s Behavioral Based Safety (BBS) program also contributes to every employee’s safety. Through this program, supervisors observe and provide one-on-one feedback to recognize employees for safe behaviors and explore reasons for unsafe behaviors.

“The BBS program helps make employees aware of unsafe behaviors before they cause a problem,” said Karonica Brice, safety manager at SEMO. “Employees also watch out for one another to make sure we are all following safety procedures, and we encourage them to report and review ‘close calls' to prevent them from happening again. The SEMO management team wants our employees to go home safely at the end of each shift.”

In addition to the BBS program, Doe Run launched the Health and Safety Maturity Path in 2011 to help measure progress on safety and health practices and promote continued compliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements. Doe Run also employs award-winning mine rescue teams in the event of a real mine emergency at the SEMO division.

Another Doe Run division, the Buick Resource Recycling Division in Glover, Mo., reached 1,250,000 safe hours in August 2012.

About The Doe Run Company
Based in St. Louis, The Doe Run Company is a privately held natural resources company and the largest integrated lead producer in the Western Hemisphere. Dedicated to environmentally
responsible mineral and metal production, Doe Run operates one of the world’s largest, single-site lead recycling facilities, located in Boss, Mo. The Doe Run Company and its subsidiary deliver products and services necessary to provide power, protection and convenience. Doe Run has operations in Missouri, Washington and Arizona. For more information, visit


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