• Seven Common Accident Causes

    Consider this statistic: 80 out of every 100 accidents are the fault of the person involved in the incident. Unsafe acts cause four times as many accidents and injuries as unsafe conditions. Accidents occur for many reasons. In most industries people tend to look for "things" to blame when an accident happens, because it's easier than looking for "root causes," such as those listed below. Remember...Safety First! Taking shortcuts Being overconfident Starting a task with Incomplete instructions Poor housekeeping Ignoring procedures Mental distractions from work Failure to pre-plan work
  • Four Seconds to Safety

    Perhaps the best tool to come along is the Field Level Risk Assessment or Job Hazard Analysis. This is a tool that makes everyone stop and think about the different risks associated with the task. This exercise greatly reduced the number and severity of injuries where this was done. Simply take a four-second “reset”. Take four seconds before starting a new or familiar task. This act of refocusing has been shown to reduce the probability of an injury incident by more than 90% versus not taking the four seconds. You may have done the task you are about to perform thousands of times before. In...
  • 2019 UPM Pinnacle Award Recipients

    The Pinnacle is known as the highest point of achievement. United Performance Metals created the new Pinnacle Award to recognize our employees who have contributed exceptional service to the company, and to celebrate their outstanding achievements. Nominations for the award are based upon peer recognition, through UPM’s Be the Difference - High Five Awards , Senior Management Team recommendation and exceeding individual and team metrics and objectives while epitomizing the core values of the organization. We’re proud to announce the first Pinnacle Awards were granted to the following top...
  • Safety is Common Sense

    According to safety professionals, four of five serious injuries are the result of workers not being sensible on the job and taking unnecessary chances. Common sense on the job is irreplaceable. Common Sense “Smarts” include: Always wear the proper personal protective equipment. Don’t over exert yourself – get help with heavy tasks. Don’t over extend yourself when on ladders – and risk losing your balance. Always use the proper tool for the job. Concentrate on your work. Look for unsafe acts or unsafe working conditions – and then report them. Watch out for others – remember you are part of a...
  • Photo Gallery from Aerospace Alley®

    United Performance Metals was proud to participate in the Aerospace Components Manufacturers Show on November 7 th . The ACM tradeshow has become the premier opportunity for customers to see, first hand, the broad capabilities of the suppliers in Connecticut and southwestern Massachusetts' aerospace supply chain. Equally important is the opportunity for ACM's members to meet and establish networked business opportunities with each other. As part of this tradeshow, ACM holds a "Future WorkForce Opportunities" Fair. Students and teachers visited from 33 schools across Connecticut and...
  • Love is in the Air at UPM!

    United Performance Metals has been full of warm and fuzzy thoughts recently as several staff members took the leap into wedded bliss. Lauren Trebbien, Human Resources Coordinator, wed John Williams in a ceremony at the Cooper Creek Event Center in Blue Ash, Ohio. The couple met in college, 5 years ago, and made it official on October 20, which happened to fall on Sweetest Day. At the reception, the couple danced to Josh Turner’s Soulmate. As mentioned in the song, Lauren knew they “would be together until the end of time,” when John offered to do the dishes after every dinner Lauren made him....
  • Are You Participating in #CleanOutYourRefrigeratorDay?

    Each year on November 15, we’re reminded to “Clean up our act,” so to speak. One week before the Thanksgiving holiday, we are encouraged by National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day to prep our kitchens for the madness! Many of our homes will soon be filled with company, and our refrigerators will be jam-packed with more food than ever. To make room for all the extra goodies, we are encouraged to do some early cleaning and organization. Remember that obscure food item you picked up for that fabulous new recipe…and never used again? Now is the time to give it the old heave-ho! How do you prepare...
  • UPM's Spooky Halloween Fun!

    Here at United Performance Metals, we take Halloween fun to the next level. Our staff took advantage of the day, wearing costumes and interjecting a little bit of mayhem. Across our locations, the results did not disappoint! Check out our spooky Halloween video, and see for yourself. HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Click the link below to view our video!
  • UPM Supports the Fight Against Breast Cancer

    Participation in Breast Cancer Awareness Month is higher than ever among our team members. United Performance Metals has donated $83,000 to date in support of cancer research through our fundraising efforts over the past eleven years. The funds have come from our employees, our customers and our vendors. "The support we receive each year is truly inspiring, and we are so grateful for all who have helped us come together for a common cause that has affected so many people in our lives,” stated Jeff Adams, UPM Marketing Manager. Across our locations, UPM staff have made special efforts to...
  • Halloween Safety for Motorists

    Many will celebrate Halloween this week. As the dark streets are flooded with young children, please keep in mind the following safety tips in your neighborhood: Slow down in residential neighborhoods and obey all traffic signs and signals. Drive at least 5 mph below the posted speed limit to give yourself extra time to react to children who may dart into the street. Don't utilize your high beams as it may help you see further, it prevents traffic coming in the opposite direction from seeing young children. Watch for children walking on roadways, medians, curbs, sidewalks and streets with no...