A safety first for Fasco plant

Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Fasco quality engineer Carol Roller hands her glasses to Sgt. Mike Watson with the Missouri State Highway Patrol before trying the Seat Belt Convincer at the Fasco Safety Fair on June 13.

Fasco hosted its first Safety Expo on June 13. According to Vickie Senters, health and safety coordinator for the facility, the goal of the expo was to introduce employees to the emergency response personnel in the community and promote safety.

"We are wanting to promote safety here and at home with our employees," Senters said.

During the event, employees could visit with community emergency personnel and pick up flyers and brochures concerning various types of safety.

Among those present at the expo were: David Compton, director of the Barry County Office of Emergency Management, and Chuck Miner, Cassville fire protection district administrator and assistant fire chief. United States Coast Guard Auxiliary from Shell Knob provided information about boater safety, and Fasco employee and avid cyclist Diane Lyons talked about bicycle safety.

Sgt. Mike Watson of the Missouri State Highway Patrol drew attention with the Seat Belt Convincer. Employees buckled themselves into a seat that simulated a car crash at 5 miles per hour.

Senters said the expo was hosted this month to coincide with June's designation as National Safety Month.

At 4:30 p.m., emergency personnel were invited to take a tour of the local Fasco plant. Senters hoped touring the facility would help emergency responders become more familiar with the building layout and what machines the company uses in case an emergency should happen.

"I would like to maybe start this as an annual event and encourage the other industries in the community to do the same," Senters said.

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