Horsehead employees receive lifesaving training

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David Purtell - Staff Writer

Safety is a top priority at any industrial site, and having employees who can respond to an emergency is crucial.
The situation is no different at the Horsehead Corporation site in Snelling. And the company, which produces zinc products from recycled materials, recently had six employees complete training and earn certification as Emergency Medical Responders.
All of the site's employees receive training in safety as part of the day-to-day job, but the six who earned EMR certification went above and beyond, Eric Stroom, the plant manager, said.
"These guys stepped up," he said, "Safety is a core value for our company."
Several workers volunteered to go through the EMR training, and the six chosen were: Bradford Farris, Austin Croft, Chris Morris, Jason Ayers, Freddie Miller and Tony Warren. The men now have the skills and knowledge to act as first responders, on or off site, to bridge the gap until EMS personnel arrive in the event of an emergency.
Work at the plant involves a lot of physical activity, so the risk of an injury does exist.
"Hopefully, with our help, we can save a life. That's the goal," Morris said.
The men had to go through 40 hours of training. They were taught by Jesse Elmore - fire chief for Barnwell's district 11 station and who runs Emergency and Safety, Ltd. where he trains people to be EMRs - and Richard Whiles, a health and safety consultant. Stroom said it was great having the training done by members of the community.
"Really pleased to work with such capable and professional resources right here in Barnwell County," he said, "Having these resources available to us in the community was just fantastic."
One of the men, Tony Warren, put his training to the test March 4. He was heading toward downtown Barnwell after his shift ended when a log truck tipped over in front of him on Dunbarton Boulevard. Warren immediately got out of his car and assisted until police arrived.
The men will continue their training, and Stroom said plans are to have more employees go through the training.