With workers compensation costs exceeding $55,000 and injury rates far higher than the industry’s national average, Florida wire and cable manufacturer Cable USA LLC reached out to OSHA’s Free On-site Consultation Program for help. OSHA’s On-Site Consultation Program offers free and confidential advice to small and medium-sized businesses to help them identify and correct hazards and improve their injury and illness prevention programs.
Following the initial OSHA consultation in 2010, Cable USA decided to concentrate on increasing worker involvement in implementing a safety and health management program. A daily departmental inspection program was developed to eliminate or reduce hazards, improve teamwork, and develop a safety and health culture at the worksite. Together, the team of workers and managers collaborated to address electrical and chemical hazards, conduct air monitoring, and educate workers about proper hearing protection. As a result, the company’s workers compensation costs and injury and illness rates dropped dramatically, and Cable USA became a SHARP site in 2011.
In May 2012, Devin Brock, Cable USA’s Vice President of Operations explained, “The biggest success that we have experienced is the safety and health culture that permeates Cable USA because of increased employee involvement. It is this newly formed culture that has driven our improved safety and health statistics."
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