Doe Run's Buick Resource Recycling Division Achieves 1 Million Safe Hours Without Lost-Time Injury

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For the third time since its 1991 opening, The Doe Run Company’s Buick Resource Recycling Division (BRRD) in Boss, Mo., reached one million safe work hours without a lost-time injury. The milestone was officially reached on March 16, 2012.

For the third time since its 1991 opening, The Doe Run Company’s Buick Resource Recycling Division (BRRD) in Boss, Mo., reached one million safe work hours without a lost-time injury. The milestone was officially reached on March 16, 2012.

BRRD employs 302 people and is one of the world’s largest, single-site lead recycling facilities. It serves the battery manufacturing industry with the capacity to recycle and recover more than 160,000 tons of refined lead and lead alloys from more than 13.5 million recycled lead-acid batteries annually. Operations include a mill to break down batteries, furnaces to smelt materials, and refining and casting facilities.

“One million hours without a lost-time injury is remarkable in this type of industry, where employees work around molten metal, chemicals, heavy equipment and machinery,” said Ed Fadler, safety coordinator at BRRD. “A milestone of this magnitude could not be accomplished without people doing their jobs safely day in and day out. Our employees must be committed to acting safely, as well as watching out for one another to achieve a record such as this.”

BRRD takes a proactive approach to safety by ensuring specific safety activities are performed on a daily, weekly, monthly and quarterly basis. The division also employs behavioral-based safety practices. In addition, employees are encouraged to report and review “near misses” or “close calls” in order to prevent future instances from occurring.

“Immediately after reaching a safety milestone, it’s easy for employees to sit back, relax and celebrate our achievement. But it’s important that we all remain focused on our safety procedures,” said Fadler. “This is just the beginning of the next million hours. Our employees are committed to continuing to work safely – not only for themselves – but for their families as well.”

BRRD also reached the milestone in 1993 and 1998. The facility holds ISO 9001-2008 and ISO 14001-2004 certifications, which are internationally recognized standards for continuous improvement in product quality and environmental management practices.

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 subsidiaries deliver products and services necessary to provide power, protection and convenience. Doe Run has operations in Missouri, Washington and Arizona. For more information, visit sustainability.doerun.com.

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