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Coreslab Structures, Inc. Orlando

Coreslab Structures, Inc. of Orlando Earns Second SHARP Certification

Coreslab Structures manufactures precast, prestressed concrete products and has locations throughout the U.S. Its Orlando facility, which is home to 24 employees, recently earned their second SHARP certification with a three-year participation approval.

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Coreslab Structures, Inc. Orlando

According to Matt Metz, safety director, the company's safety motivation was simple: "To formalize our safety program, while developing a systematic approach to promoting safety participation and accountability, and to develop a safety culture." Metz says it wasn't easy in the beginning, yet "once the purpose, goal and benefits were internalized, everybody began to participate."

Some of the safety incentives the company uses include motivators such as financial rewards, cookouts, jeopardy games and safety recognitions for exemplary safety practices. "Management takes the time and spends the money on teaching us about safety," says David Melbourne, supervisor.

But the biggest incentive of all was the company imparting safety knowledge to its employees and how the employees feel about safety overall. "What stands out the most is the effort from our company to let us know the importance of safety. Knowledge is the key for prevention" says Angela Gomez, drafting and engineering supervisor. Noel Maldonado, controller, agrees. "After a good five years of talking, training and observing, now everybody believes in safety as a way of life. It is the commitment of all the employees."

Coreslab Structures' safety commitment permeates throughout, from top management down. "Anytime there is a safety concern, it is handled promptly and effectively," says James Spears, batch plant operator. In 2009, their Total Recordable Case (TRC) and Days Away from Work, Restricted or Transferred (DART) rates were zero. The financial benefits of integrating workplace safety trickle down to its bottom line, too. Between 2007 and 2009, the company's workers' compensation premium dropped by nearly 25 percent, a significant amount in savings.