Local manufacturer, INDEECO, of Aspeq Holdings, Inc., marked and celebrated six years without a lost-time accident on Monday. As of June 29, the designer and manufacturer of heating control systems had logged 767,673 man-hours without having any work-related accidents or illnesses which prevented employees from attending work.
"We've got 6 years without a lost-time accident – an accident that would prevent an employee from being able to perform their duties and come to work every day," said plant manager, Faron Morris.
INDEECO manufactures electric duct heaters, commercial and industrial heating components, tubular and finned tubular heating elements, electric immersion heaters, explosion-proof heaters, circulation heaters and process air heaters. Boonville's plant employs 42.
"This event is a big deal. In our industry, it's very hard to achieve this milestone," said Morris.
According to the United States Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly 3.1 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses occurred amongst private industry employers in 2010. An incidence rate of 3.5 cases per 100 equivalent full-time workers was reported. Specifically, the manufacturing industry saw an incidence rate of 4.4 cases per 100 full-time workers.
The Bureau's 2010 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries lists a total of 4,690 workplace deaths in the U.S. Of those near 4,700 deaths, manufacturers accounted for 329, or just over seven percent of the total.
Headquartered in St. Louis, INDEECO was founded in 1929 and employs engineers, welders and assemblers. The company is an in-house operation and functions in a vertically-integrated fashion. In addition to making heating elements, it fabricates sheet metal, builds electronic controls and welds ASME pressure vessels.