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Ajax Building Corporation Earns Fourth SHARP Renewal

Ajax Building Corporation recently received a SHARP award from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and USF SafetyFlorida. This is the fourth time the commercial building construction management company has earned the SHARP recognition, which is given to small to medium-sized employers with exemplary safety and health management practices.

Ajax Building Corporation SHARP Renewal

Mike Tartal (center) of USF SafetyFlorida presents the OSHA SHARP flag and certificate to Marc Reeves (right), corporate safety director, and Joe Tucker (left), director of field operations, of Ajax Building Corporation.

The company, based in Midway, Florida, employs 126 workers and has offices located throughout the Southeast.

Ajax Building Corporation has a long-standing working relationship with USF SafetyFlorida. In 2005, the company requested its first on-site consultation for its headquarters office in north Florida. Since then, it has utilized the program’s safety and health services at jobsites throughout the state. Marc Reeves, Ajax’s safety director, says USF SafetyFlorida has assisted the company with reducing injuries and worksite hazards as well as providing “greater employee and supervisor understanding of effective workplace health and safety practices.”

Safety and health consultant Mike Tartal performed the company’s on-site visit and found a few hazards during the process. Personnel immediately corrected each problem.

Since being in the SHARP program, Reeves says the company has improved its overall safety and health management practices and reduced its injuries and worksite hazards. Tartal says the management and employees of Ajax are well ahead of other construction companies when it comes to effective safety and health management practices. Its safety performance metrics prove it: the company’s Total Recordable Case (TRC) rate has dropped in two years from 1.5 to 0.77. Furthermore, its experience modifier rate has been reduced from 1.10 to .84, resulting in a cost savings in workers’ compensation premiums. In today’s economic climate, prioritizing safety and health as part of your business culture can reap financial rewards.

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.