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Tremron Group, Medley, Arcadia and Jacksonville Plants – Paving the Way to SHARP Success!

In July and August 2015, the Medley (Miami), Arcadia and Jacksonville plants of Tremron Group, Inc. each earned their first SHARP awards. Tremron is a leading manufacturer and distributor of backyard design and hardscape products including concrete pavers, remodel pavers, retaining walls, fire pits, clay brick pavers and permeable pavers. Headquartered in Jacksonville, Tremron Group, Inc. was founded in 1992 and has four hardscape plants in Florida - Jacksonville, Arcadia, Lakeland and Medley (Miami), a fifth plant in Douglasville Georgia. It was following a serious accident at the Jacksonville plant combined with a poor safety record the previous 12 months that the owner, Mr. Hugh Caron dedicated the resources to implement a comprehensive safety corrective action plan. “It was in early 2013, that our insurance broker suggested that we use USF’s consultation program which could potentially lead to the SHARP certification,” says Mr. Luc Girard, safety director for Tremron Group, Inc.

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The company’s primary motivation requesting consultation services was to make all of their Florida plants safe for their employees. “We highly value our employees and wanted to make sure we did everything possible to create a safe work environment that they can come to work, give a good day’s work performance and then go home to their loved ones without any injuries,’’ continues Mr. Girard. Tremron Group, Inc. contacted USF SafetyFlorida to assist and help with OSHA compliance issues in the workplace. “Machine guarding, electrical safety, noise and respiratory protection issues were some of the hazards identified by the USF SafetyFlorida consultants in the initial walk-through,” says Mr. Girard. “The consultants also started to work with us on building a stronger more effective safety and health management system.”

John Gallagher, director of operations for the company, further added “being a small dynamic company, we realized that if we do not have good control over four key processes - Safety/People, Housekeeping, Quality and Maintenance, we will not have a good product to give customers and therefore, it will negatively impact our business”.

A key component to the company’s success was to focus workers’ attention on the importance of a safe work environment and have a standard Safety Management Program (SMP) that is not simply collecting dust, but is effectively part of plant growth. Employees actively participate and are encouraged to provide input regarding safety at weekly meetings which are conducted by team supervisors.

How did all of this benefit the Tremron Medley, Arcadia and Jacksonville plants? Overall, the persistent safety and health coaching and mentoring enabled the Tremron Group (TG) to reduce its workers compensation claims (loss run) by 15 times from January 2014 to July 2015. The Medley plant’s contribution to that success was immense with having only 5% of 2014 TG total loss run and 0% for 2015 year to date. The Arcadia plant’s contribution to that success was also tremendous with reducing their loss run 16 times over that same time period. The Jacksonville plant’s contribution to that success was also huge with reducing their loss run 8 times over that same time period.

To encourage and reward employee involvement in the safety process, the Medley, Arcadia and Jacksonville plants draw every month an ‘employee suggestion’ from their “Continuous Improvement Board”, and gives a $50 gift card to the employee that came-up with the suggestion. Further, to recognize and reinforce safe behaviors, the plants host a monthly cook-out where the Plant Managers and staff will grill for the workforce hot-dogs, burgers, chicken, steaks, etc.

“We knew we had to change bad safety habits that the company had overlooked for a few years. With the support of the owner, we got everyone involved and aimed at changing the mindset of “production at any cost”, say Mr. Girard. “Safety had to come first”.

“People will pay attention to what you pay attention to, and it is no different with safety” concludes, Mr. Girard.

OSHA gives its SHARP award to small and medium-sized employers who operate an exemplary safety and health management system. To qualify, a company must do the following:

• request an on-site consultation from USF SafetyFlorida;

• involve employees in the consultation process;

• correct hazards identified by the consultant;

• implement and maintain a safety and health management system that adheres to OSHA’s 1989 Safety and Health Management System guidelines;

• maintain DART and TRC rates below the national average for the company’s industry;

• agree to notify USF SafetyFlorida prior to making any changes to working conditions or introducing new hazards into the workplace.

To learn more about USF SafetyFlorida and the importance of workplace safety and health, visit http://www.usfsafetyflorida.com/