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Daws Manufacturing Company, Inc. Celebrates SHARP Renewal, 2 Million Man Hours Without Lost-time Accident

Daws Manufacturing Company, Inc. recently renewed its SHARP designation. The Pensacola-based fabricated metal products company has been in OSHA’s SHARP program since 2003 and currently employs 55 workers

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Daws Manufacturing has been in OSHA's SHARP program since 2003.

From truck tool boxes, to dog and gun boxes, to loading ramps and replacement keys, Daws Manufacturing Company specializes in cutting, forming and welding metal products for its customers. The company contacted USF SafetyFlorida nearly 10 years ago for an initial on-site safety and health consultation. Not only did it aim to increase its overall safety awareness but also to prevent accidents from occurring. While the on-site consultation illuminated hazards such as minor machine guarding and flexible electrical cord issues, the company quickly corrected its deficiencies. Mike Adams, safety and quality manager, says that after the initial visit, “All employees and supervisors became more aware of the surroundings and safety issues they could fix.”

Today, Daws celebrates not only another SHARP accomplishment but 2 million man hours without a lost-time accident, an impressive accomplishment. Employees are proud they are better educated on the importance of workplace safety and how to spot trends in safety issues. USF SafetyFlorida’s Mike Tartal appreciates the opportunity to work with Daws’ employees because of their desire to continuously improve the company’s overall health and safety management system.

OSHA’s SHARP award is given to small businesses with less than 500 employees that demonstrate exemplary workplace safety and health practices. USF SafetyFlorida recommends employers to OSHA that meet SHARP criteria. To qualify, the employer must request an on-site consultation, involve employees in workplace safety and health, correct any hazards identified during the consultation process, and maintain an injury and illness rate lower than its industry average. To learn more about the SHARP program or to request an on-site consultation, visit www.usfsafetyflorida.com.