Local man recognized for reporting safety hazard at Iowa fertilizer plant
Capitol City Electric, Inc., headquartered in Lincoln, and Koch Fertilizer, with a plant in Beatrice, recognized Phil Cook III, CCE apprentice, for observing a potential safety hazard at the KOCH plant in Fort Dodge, Iowa, and reporting it, according to a news release.
Cook was walking down a pressure transmitter installed the previous night and noticed an aluminum conduit fitting installed in the process instead of a stainless-steel fitting. Upon noticing this, he communicated the potential hazard to a KOCH supervisor.
“If Phil hadn’t identified and reported this hazard, it could have resulted in an issue,” said Koch I&E Supervisor Ryan Andersen, who attended the presentation with Koch I&E Reliability Engineer Nick Hunter. “However, by using the Stop, Think and Ask policy Koch emphasizes, a problem was avoided.”
CCE Safety Director Tim Ashman noted that it’s something they train on frequently and especially emphasize on the employee’s first day at CCE and every year at a required annual training.
“CCE takes pride in knowing that we have employees like Phil, that look out for the customer, his fellow employees, other contractors and himself by placing a high priority on SAFETY,” CCE President Adam Randall said.
With that, Cook received a safety award from both CCE and Koch to recognize their appreciation for his hard work and his commitment to safety.