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Safety Commitment Earns Kauff’s Transportation Systems its First SHARP Award

Kauff’s Transportation Systems recently received its first SHARP award from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and USF SafetyFlorida. The West Palm Beach heavy equipment towing and transportation company employs 95 workers and is proud of its safety accomplishment.

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Kauff’s Transportation Systems first contacted USF SafetyFlorida in April after receiving a referral from the Ft. Lauderdale OSHA Area Office. Jessica Bohan, a safety and health consultant with USF SafetyFlorida, performed the company’s initial on-site visit. While hazards such as a blocked exit, unlabeled drum and un-mounted fire extinguisher were identified, they were quickly addressed and corrected. Bohan later returned for a follow-up visit and recommended that the company be approved for OSHA’s prestigious SHARP award. “Kauff’s Transportation’s employees work in ever-changing and sometimes very dangerous environments,” says Bohan. “They are committed to safety every moment of everyday, which was evident by management’s participation in the SHARP process,” she adds.

Richard Weaver, safety director, says working with USF SafetyFlorida was a worthwhile experience. “It was informative and directed to make the company succeed in its safety goals. The company has enhanced its safety and health management system and broadened the outlook for safety to all the employees.”

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.