Record Breaking Safety Year

TOTE’s number one priority is safety and we are happy to report we are off to a great start in 2017. 

In April, we honored the IAM 289 Mechanics, who maintain critical customer equipment, with a dinner and lunch celebration.  The IAM 289 Mechanics crushed a previous safety record of 258 days without a lost time injury set in 2014 by exceeding one year (currently at 480 days) and are still going strong.  Shop Foreman Rick Brown says the secret to the safety record is, “following Sea Star’s safety program with regular safety meetings, daily crew meetings and working with a great group of employees who care and look out for each other.”

Pictured is Rick Brown, IAM 289 Foreman along with Safety Director Patty Ludden and Sea Star Stevedoring General Manager, Bruce (Wally) Brebner.

Along with the mechanics, the longshore groups in both Tacoma and Anchorage surpassed their old records set in 2013.  Tacoma ILWU Local 23 was presented with a check during May’s Stop Work Meeting payable to their favorite charity, St. Leo’s Kitchen, to recognize 196 days without a serious injury.  Anchorage AILU was honored with a BBQ in July to celebrate injury free work.  TOTE Maritime Alaska also has a group of IAM mechanics who have exceeded 10 years without a Lost Time injury.

TOTE Maritime Alaska is very proud of our employees and key partners that maintain the vessels and equipment as well as work the ships.   These jobs are the key to TOTE’s success and allow us to efficiently load and unload our vessels while maintaining safe working practices.  Although we have made great strides in our safety statistics through the first half of 2017, we will not rest in our commitment to safety.  Safety is the number one priority at TOTE Maritime Alaska and the culture is contagious.