Subaru -- Safety Culture is Tested by a Tornado

Oct. 28, 2014
Subaru of Indiana Automotive took a direct hit from an EF-3 tornado in November 2013. It lost just one day of production and recorded a single recordable injury.

In mid-November 2013, the Subaru of Indiana Automotive plant in Lafayette, Ind. took a direct hit from an EF-3 tornado.

Sixty percent of the roof was ripped off. Thirty-foot walls inside the facility were lost. Computers were ruined.

Yet the plant managed to only lose one day of production.

“It was amazing how people came together,” said Denise Coogan, manager of safety and environmental corporate affairs, told participants in a facility tour, part of the EHS Today Safety Leadership Conference.

Using contracted help and its own workforce, Subaru cleaned up the debris and dealt with the aftermath of the natural disaster with only one recordable injury – a hand laceration sustained while an employee was pumping water out of the plant.

Read the complete article on EHS Today, a companion site of IndustryWeek and part of Penton's Manufacturing and Supply Chain Group.

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Ginger Christ | Ginger Christ, Associate Editor

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Ginger Christ is an associate editor for EHS Today, a Penton publication.

She has covered business news for the past seven years, working at daily and weekly newspapers and magazines in Ohio, including the Dayton Business Journal and Crain's Cleveland Business.

Most recently, she covered transportation and leadership for IndustryWeek, a sister publication to EHS Today.

She holds a bachelor of arts in English and in Film Studies from the University of Pittsburgh.



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