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King Plastic Corporation Reduces TRC Rate by 92 Percent, Earns First SHARP Designation

King Plastic Corporation received a SHARP award in May from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and USF SafetyFlorida. This is the first time the manufacturer of polymer sheets, slabs and oversized shapes has earned the SHARP recognition, which is given to small to medium-sized employers with exemplary safety and health management practices.

The company is located in North Port, Florida, and employs more than 100 workers.

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Employees of King Plastic Corporation celebrate the SHARP award it received in May 2013.

To reduce a history of high incident rates, King Plastic Corporation contacted USF SafetyFlorida in June 2011. Jeff Allspach, safety coordinator, says the company was ready to improve its employees’ overall safety and health.

USF SafetyFlorida’s David Ashman consulted with the company during its initial and follow-up visits, working with them on items such as container labeling, electrical safety, safety training, self-inspections and employee involvement. “One thing that stood out to me about this company is their cohesiveness,” said Ashman. “From top to bottom, it is obvious that teamwork and involvement in their safety culture is one of their top priorities.”

The company went to work implementing an intervention program, where employees identify, document and correct safety issues in the facility, a job safety analysis program to determine safety issues with operating tasks, safety audit procedures to ensure compliance, safety committees and more.

The results of those safety initiatives are impressive, to say the least. Between 2005 and 2012, the company reduced its Total Recordable Case rate (TRC) by 92 percent. This year, its TRC rate is zero. Furthermore, it was able to reduce its workers’ compensation claims by $119,000.

Allspach says that while training employees to use the new intervention program was a challenge at first, the program now works effectively and to their advantage. Partnering with USF SafetyFlorida has had its advantages as well. “We can more easily identify safety-related issues that had previously gone unnoticed,” said Allspach about their safety and health management system today.

Ashman adds, “This company, as a whole, worked hard to achieve this well-deserved award.”

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.

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