Airline Hydraulics Provides Safeguarding Simulator to IUP Safety Sciences Program

Posted on 8/13/2013 6:13:40 PM

Airline Hydraulics Donates Simulator

A Bensalem, Pa., company has provided the Safety Sciences Department at Indiana University of Pennsylvania a simulator that will help students better understand industrial safeguarding hazards.

Airline Hydraulics Corporation custom manufactures the machine safeguarding simulator. According to Lon Ferguson, chairperson of IUP’s Safety Sciences Department, the simulator features hand trips, presence-sensing devices, and other safety measures that protect workers. At IUP, the simulator will be applied to a sanding machine the department already uses as a training tool.

“Machine safeguarding has been a major hazard in industry for years and is one of the top 10 most frequently cited standards by OSHA," Ferguson said. “It is a major topic covered in our Principles of Safety Industrial Course. We are grateful of Airline Hydraulics’ support of our program and appreciate the company’s attention to machine safeguarding issues and safety education."

Airline Hydraulics’ chief executive officer, Joseph Miceli, a 1974 graduate of IUP’s Eberly College of Business and Information Technology, agreed that safety is a major concern in the workplace.

“I am pleased to be able to provide this equipment on behalf of all of the employee-owners of Airline Hydraulics Corporation,” he said. “Airline is a strong advocate for safety in the workplace and is very interested in supporting education in this discipline as we look to hire qualified candidates to support this growth area of the company.”

The company’s gift is valued at approximately $10,000 and comprises parts donated by other manufacturers: Schmersal of Tarrytown, N.Y., and Omron Scientific Technologies of Fremont, Calif. Airline Hydraulics also operates in Pittsburgh.

IUP’s Safety Science Departmentoffers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in the study of safety. The undergraduate program is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. The department hosts the Pennsylvania OSHA Consultationprogram and recently partnered with numerous industrial businesses to sponsor a national workplace fatality forum.

In the photo: Lon Ferguson, chair of IUP’s Safety Sciences Department; John Guckin, Airline Hydraulics’ machine safety product manager; Joseph Miceli, CEO and president of Airline Hydraulics; and Mark Correia, dean of IUP’s College of Health and Human Services.