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AAR Marks "Safe and Sound Week"

Baihly Warfield
Updated: August 14, 2018 07:31 PM

DULUTH, Minn. - Monday through Friday, it's "Safe and Sound Week" at AAR. 

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It's an Occupational Safety and Health Administration-sponsored program for employers across the country. In the Duluth area, AAR and the 148th Fighter Wing are participating. 

Tuesday, AAR employees had a presentation from 3M about falls. The demonstration showed how the impact changes when a 220-pound weight is dropped with just a strap versus with a shock absorber attached. 

Vice President of Operations Mark Ketterer said often, their workers are up working on airplane wings and are attached to hoists to protect them. 

"We really focus on ... if the airplanes are safe and reliable for our customers to fly in them," Ketterer said. "But safety takes on a broader scope when we start talking about all the people that work on our airplanes." 

There are also contests going on throughout the week to test employees' safety knowledge.

AAR's Manager of Environment, Health and Safety Shawn Archambault said they are having a Personal Protective Equipment "fashion show" on Wednesday and fire extinguisher training with the 148th Thursday. 

He said while events like "Safe and Sound Week" do reduce accident rates, safety is a focus for AAR every day.

"We have inspections going on all the time throughout the day, all shifts, where we'll go onto the planes and make sure that they have fire extinguishers, make sure they're using PPE, floorboards are in place." 

Archambault said so far, the employees seem to be on board. 

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