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Safety Equals Savings: Standard Precast Saves $289,000 in Workers’ Comp. Premiums, Earns First SHARP

Standard Precast, Inc. of Jacksonville recently received an OSHA SHARP award for its exemplary workplace safety and health management system. This is the precast concrete manufacturer’s first SHARP award.

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Russell Smith, vice president (second from right), is joined by Richard Brown, safety director (second from left), and Smith's two grandsons (far right and far left) during Standard Precast Inc.'s SHARP award ceremony. The company celebrated its recognition in July with a barbecue.

The company, which employs 67 workers, first contacted USF SafetyFlorida last July to request an on-site safety consultation. Richard Brown, safety manager, says the business was experiencing a large number of injuries and was concerned that its safety program was not where it needed to be. Furthermore, the company wanted to be in compliance with OSHA standards and reduce its number of workplace injuries.

USF SafetyFlorida’s Keith Brown assisted the company with its initial safety and health visit and offered guidance, such as updating its workplace hazard assessment, conducting employee hearing tests, establishing annual energy control procedures, and properly labeling equipment. During the hazard correction phase, company management worked closely with employees to get their in-depth knowledge and viewpoints on how the energy control and safety programs should operate so that all involved would benefit. Richard Brown says it was employee involvement that was the greatest positive outcome. “The employees came up with new ideas that we in management did not have … without their input we would have never accomplished this goal.”

As a result of its new safety implementations, Standard Precast has successfully met its goals. The company reduced its workplace injuries and is within OSHA compliance. Moreover, “better managing and understanding of how employees think about safety lets them understand what it means to have a better safety program in place. This is the best safety program Standard Precast has had,” says Richard Brown.

The numbers indicate that what Standard Precast is doing is right. Prior to its first consultation visit, its Total Recordable Case (TRC) rate was 7.0. Today, that number is 1.8. Perhaps even more significant is how workers’ compensation premiums have plummeted by $289,000. “The commitment to workplace safety and health manifested by top management, as well as personnel at all levels of the organization, and the ‘can do – will do’ attitude, are what set this company apart from many others that I have worked with over the years,” says Keith Brown.

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.