From Our Corporate Office - Ford

From Our Corporate Office - Ford


August 2013

Volume 8, Issue 8

From Our Corporate Office

Safety: Knowing the Signs of a Heart Attack Can Help Save a Life

Each month, Ford Motor Company promotes the safety and health of its employees both at the workplace and at home.

Hazards such as a slippery floor or stock in the aisle way are easy to spot. However, symptoms of a heart attack are not always easily seen and

employees may not be as familiar with these symptoms.

Some heart attacks are sudden and intense. However most heart

attacks start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort. Often people affected

aren't sure what's wrong and wait too long before getting help. Here are

signs that can mean a heart attack is happening:

Chest discomfort. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the

center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that

goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable

pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.

Discomfort in other areas of the upper body. Symptoms can

include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck,

jaw or stomach.

Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.

Other signs may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.

As with men, women's most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. But women are somewhat more likely than men to experience

some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain.

A heart attack strikes someone about every 34 seconds. It occurs when the blood flow that brings oxygen to the heart muscle is severely reduced or cut

off completely. This happens because the arteries that supply the heart with blood can slowly narrow from a buildup of fat, cholesterol and other

substances (plaque).

Even when the signs are subtle, the consequences can be deadly, especially if the victim doesn’t get help right away.

Heart attacks are life-and-death emergencies -- every second counts. If you see a co-worker or if you have any of the listed symptoms, call your local

plant security emergency number for immediate assistance. You could save a life, including your own!

Due to the quick actions of the Dearborn Truck Plant’s (DTP) Emergency Response Team (ERT) team, a truck driver’s life was saved last week after

suffering a cardiac arrest at the plant’s body shop dock while delivering parts.

The driver’s fellow employee noticed he had fallen to the ground and quickly alerted a DTP dock worker who then started the emergency notification

process. The body shop ERT arrived on the scene and after careful patient assessment, determined the driver was in a full cardiac arrest and began

CPR. The Rouge Site ERT came on the scene, and together, DTP and Rouge ERT continued care. The driver was defibrillated a total of four times, and

on the fourth time, he began to breathe on his own. Then Dearborn Fire and Rescue transported the driver to the hospital for further care.

"Due to the quick response of the coworkers of the ill employee, DTP's ERT team was dispatched immediately to the scene," said Julia Horn, Risk

Manager, DTP. "Because of this response, the ill driver was revived before Dearborn Rescue arrived on the scene. There was excellent team work

amongst all responders and the result is this man is alive and expected to make a full recovery.”

Ford Posts Best July Since 2006 and Best Retail Sales Since 2005

Ford’s U.S. sales grew 11 percent compared with a year ago – the best total July sales since 2006. Retail sales are up 19 percent, marking the

company’s best July retail sales month since 2005.

With tight inventories, retail car sales are up 13 percent, utilities are up 19 percent and trucks are up 27 percent – with strong growth in the coastal


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“We saw continued strength and growth in our retail business, particularly in the

coastal regions of the country,” said Ken Czubay, Ford vice president, U.S.

marketing, sales and service. “Our small cars and hybrids continue to attract new

customers to Ford and away from our competitors, thanks to the vehicles’

combination of styling, technology, fuel economy and performance.”

Ford small cars – including Ford Fiesta, Ford Focus and Ford C-MAX hybrids – are

up 32 percent, with a combined 27,131 sales, making it Ford’s best July for small car

performance since 2000.

All three Ford utility vehicles are on pace to set sales records this year, with Ford

Escape up 4 percent in July to 22,343 vehicles sold and Ford Explorer up 13 percent

to 12,742 vehicles sold. Ford Edge also posted a record July with 10,541 vehicles

sold, a 15 percent increase from last year.

Ford F-Series sales increased 23 percent, with 60,449 vehicles sold. F-Series sales

now have increased for 24 consecutive months, and July 2013 marks the best July

sales month for F-Series since 2006.

Ford Employees Ask U.S. Congress to Support American Auto Jobs

The UAW, Ford, GM and Chrysler joined forces to deliver more than 80,000 employee petitions to Capitol

Hill. These petitions urged Congress to stand with U.S. auto workers by ensuring Japan agrees to critical

reforms in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement.

Japan has the most closed automobile market in the world and continues to manipulate its currency to

unfairly subsidize Japanese auto exports. Without major changes, a trade agreement with Japan would lock

in one-sided trade that could hurt American jobs.

The weight of the combined workforce delivers a clear message that American auto workers oppose an unfair trade agreement with Japan. We are asking Congress

to ensure that Japan opens its market to U.S. autos and ends the manipulation of its currency. The final trade agreement must be approved by Congress.

The employee petition reinforces a letter sent by 230 U.S. House lawmakers to President Obama urging him to address currency manipulation within the TPP.

Thank you to the more than 28,000 salaried and hourly Ford employees who made their voices heard. For more information on this issue, please visit @Ford


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