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This excerpt taken from the AA 8-K filed Apr 9, 2009.


Progress toward our goal of zero work-related injuries remained relatively flat in 2008, and we ended the year with a lost workday incident rate of 0.12 and a total recordable rate of 1.34. However, our risk-based focus to injury prevention is having a positive impact on incident severity year over year. As of December 2008, the total days lost due to a work-related injury during the year was 25,115, which compares very favorably with the 50,646 total days lost in 2007.

While this safety performance is certainly noteworthy, it was marred by the disappointment and tragedy associated with four employee fatalities and one contractor death during the year.

We undertook a number of actions during 2008 that were focused on fatality prevention, including:



Sending an intervention team to our Samara, Russia, facility to gain a deeper understanding of the underlying issues that may have contributed to three fatalities at that location over a six-week period;



Challenging each location to conduct a fatality prevention self-assessment during 2008;



Actively participating in the Organization Resources Counselors’ Fatality Prevention Task Force; and



Asking three independent consultants to review our historical fatalities from 2004 to 2008, along with a sampling of other high-consequence events, in an attempt to identify potential opportunities related to our catastrophic incident experience.


According to the consultants, we are generally working on a lot of the right issues with the right focus, particularly as it relates to human performance and error precursors. To prevent gaps from developing in our protective systems, however, we must continue to make available the resources needed to support safety through the application of sound engineering practices, inspection, testing, and maintenance programs, along with capital to fund projects that address risks. The capital piece of this will be most difficult in 2009 due to the economic imperatives thrust upon us by the current global economic downturn.

This excerpt taken from the AA 8-K filed May 3, 2006.


Successful safety systems are built on a foundation of values and principles with the cornerstones being anchored in place by people, trust, and production system stability. The following are the four main activities undertaken in support of our safety system:


  Assessing the risks, aspects, and impacts associated with our products, services, and operations.


  Developing and implementing operational controls with built-in layers of protection.
This excerpt taken from the AA 8-K filed Mar 22, 2005.



  Zero fatalities, zero lost workday injuries.


  Zero incidents.


  Deployment of risk management and reduction programs to eliminate causes of injuries.


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