The frequency and injury rates for the die casting industry are approximately twice those of other private industries. Personal injuries such as burns caused by molten metal, hot castings, hot oil and heat from die casting tooling, cuts and abrasions from castings and flash, slips and falls resulting from poor housekeeping, and sprains, strains and fractures that are the result either from work conditions or unsafe acts all contribute to the high rates.
NADCA’s concern for this trend resulted in the production a number of safety related materials and programs directed toward assisting the die caster in reducing incidents and personal injuries.
The General Safety Book
and Safety Orientation Program for Die Casters helps make individuals aware of the potential hazards present in the die casting environment and promotes safe work habits.
The NADCA Machine Safety Standard
, Safety Audit Checklist and Electrical Interface Report provide means for the die caster to inspect machines and equipment to ensure safe conditions and working order. The Interpretations answer questions die casters may have when consulting the NADCA Machine Safety Standard.
The Safety Signage for Machines
booklet is a comprehensive compilation of signs needed to warn of dangers and to promote safety for individuals working with and around die casting machines and ancillary equipment. (Booklet is no longer in publication, use the link to access the pdf version).
A thorough understanding by personnel working in the die casting environment of the potential safety hazards associated with die casting and the promotion of safe work habits and practices as described in the programs offered by NADCA can help to reduce accidents, injury and their related costs and improve safety in die casting operations.
The North American Die Casting Association is pleased to recognize Corporate Members with operations which have a strong focus on their employee’s safety and well being. NADCA’s Safety Award Program was developed to honor Corporate Members that both exceed and meet the average U.S. national safety standards for all manufacturing in a given year. Companies that have maintained a safety record during a year with 0 lost days/transfers/restrictions are awarded with a “Perfect” award. Companies with records equal to, or less than 2.1%, the national average for all manufacturing, are recognized with an “Outstanding” award. NADCA Progress Award for Safety Improvements is awarded to companies that have improved their DART by 25% or more from the prior year. Companies must include their past two year’s OSHA logs to be considered for this award.