Employees of Nihon Spindle Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
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All employees worked together to rescue victims at the site of a train derailment on the JR Fukuchiyama Line
Employees of Nihon Spindle Manufacturing Co., Ltd.

Nihon Spindle Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
Junai Saito, President
Born on 1945 in Kanagawa Prefecture.

Award summary

In the morning of April 25, 2005, a disastrous derailing accident happened on the JR Fukuchiyama Line. One of the quickest who rushed to the accident scene and volunteered in rescue and relief activities was the president and 230 employees from Nihon Spindle Manufacturing. The location of their head office/plant just in front of the scene was one of the factors, but their promptness was beyond that. At 9:18 AM right after the accident, some employees who witnessed the accident hurried to the scene and notified the accident to their safety manager. Then, the safety manager immediately reported to the president who was in a business meeting. The president suspended the meeting and he himself went to the scene right away and saw the disastrous state of the accident at 9:40 AM. The president immediately decided to stop the operation of the plant and to make all employees to help the rescue operations.

In response to the operation order, 230 employees gathered at the accident scene at 10:00 AM. They used their autonomous judgment to split into four groups. Work assignments were naturally decided among these groups, including rescuing victims from the derailed train, guiding or moving rescued passengers to safe places, giving first aids to minor injuries, and transferring the injured to hospitals.

By noon when they handed all of their relief activities to professionals, they transferred a total of 91 injured passengers to hospitals by using company cars. A large quantity of water and towels needed for the first aid of the injured could be obtained very quickly by the cooperation of the adjacent terminal market, which, they said, was thanks to the lessons they learned from the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake.

Reasons for this award

In this accident, many people from the community helped in the relief activities in cooperation with rescue teams and the police. Among these people, the way these employees of Nihon Spindle Manufacturing worked together in an organized manner under the leadership of the president was praised highly by many people who witnessed the activities at the spot. This award should be presented to them as the representative of all citizens in the community who helped in the relief activities.

Comments from the winner

This commendation is an unexpected honor for us, and all employees from Nippon Spindle feel very honored and bewildered at the same time. Our hearts ache when we think of the deep sorrow of families of the deceased and victims still suffering from mental and physical hardship. We accept the recognition for our relief activities solemnly, and receive this award as a representative of all who participated in the rescue and relief activities. We are determined to remember this accident and to further promote our corporate safety and no-accident activities while pursuing the improvement of operating performance of the company. Thank you very much, and we would appreciate your guidance and support for the company in the future.