Team demonstrates Argos’ commitment to safety
The Argos Roberta Cement Plant emergency response team, which they call their ALERT team, participated in the first annual Surface Mine Emergency Response Training and Competition, and despite being the only team to have never competed in a similar event, Roberta took home second place and scored the first-ever perfect score.
For many years, Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has hosted competitions for below ground emergency response to promote and create awareness around the safety and health of employees who work in underground mines. However, our cement plants mine quarries, which fall under the surface mine category, so the Roberta ALERT team was excited to show off their skills in this surface mine event.
The Argos Roberta team competed in the rescue field challenge, but despite scoring the first-ever perfect score, another team was awarded first place, since they completed the challenge faster than our team and tied our score. This rescue field challenge is considered the main event in the competition, since it includes all aspects of the emergency response training.
During the rescue field event, Argos had to secure the scene, administer first aid and CPR to two “victims” safely, and load the victims into the ambulance. Because of the intricacy of the executions required, a perfect score is very hard for even the most seasoned teams, and for our team who has never attended or competed in a competition like to perform so well is a great accomplishment.
A big ‘thanks’ to our team members who competed in this event for going above and beyond the call to keep your coworkers safe and continuing to be an example for the industry.