Florence Receives Safety Honor for 2010
US DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AWARDS WORKPLACE SAFETY HONOR TO FLORENCE MANUFACTURING
Florence employees gathered together on the factory floor during the official award ceremony.
MANHATTAN, KAN. - Representatives of the Kansas Department of Labor recently presented Florence Manufacturing, with plaques and a flag for accomplishments within The Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP). Florence is the second company in Manhattan and the 155th company in the State of Kansas to receive this prestigious honor from the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
The employees gathered together to celebrate this achievement as they were presented the SHARP award for "upholding high standards for workplace safety and health." Thanking them for their dedication to safety and to Florence Manufacturing during the presentation was General Manager, John Altstadt who stated, “This award is possible because Florence Manufacturing has the best employees in the area, their strong sense of pride and commitment to maintaining our company's high Safety standards make us a great company.”
The Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) recognizes small employers who operate an exemplary safety and health management system, and work continuously to develop, implement, and improve the effectiveness of their workplace safety and health programs. Acceptance into SHARP by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is an achievement of status that singles out exceptional programs from their business peers as a model for worksite safety and health.
"We congratulate Florence for its achievement and recognize them as a true leader in safety and health," said Jim Garner, Kansas Department of Labor Secretary. "We applaud their efforts to attain SHARP status and ensure more workers go home at night in the same condition they came to work in the morning."
Secretary Garner presented Florence Manufacturing with a SHARP flag and a certificate from the Kansas Department of Labor.
"You are in a very elite group of companies," said Cliff Morris, Kansas Department of Labor, Division of Industrial Safety and Health, as he congratulated the employees for their achievements in Safety, and presented a Plaque on behalf of U.S. Department of Labor OSHA.
Further recognition of this award was also held at the Kansas State Capital where Kansas Governor Mark Parkinson signed the SHARP proclamation in front of the Florence Management Team and congratulated them on earning the prestigious award.
To be eligible to receive SHARP Certification, a company must:
- Have a lost workday injury and illness rate (LWDII) and total recordable case rate (TRCR) below the national average for the respective company's industry.
- Be a single, fixed worksite.
- Be in operation at least one year.
- Have an effective, written comprehensive safety and health management program.
- Involve employees in the development, operation, and improvement of the workplace safety and health program.
- Agree to a full service safety and health consultation by the Kansas Department of Labor (KDOL).
- Agree to correct all hazards identified by KDOL.
- Agree to an annual full service safety and health consultation by KDOL as a requirement for renewal of the SHARP.
More details on SHARP are available at: http://www.dol.ks.gov/safety/sharp_program.html
About Florence Manufacturing
Florence Manufacturing, a Gibraltar Industries company, is the innovative value leader in providing high quality products to secure personal property since 1934. As the leading provider of commercial and residential centralized mail delivery equipment in North America, Florence offers the most comprehensive USPS approved mailbox product lines in the industry - like cluster box units, 4C horizontal mailboxes, and vertical and horizontal replacement mailboxes. Technical support and customer service are offered through a centralized customer service operation and a national network of authorized dealers. (www.florencemailboxes.com)
About Gibraltar Industries
Gibraltar Industries is a leading manufacturer and distributor of products for building markets. The Company serves a large number of customers in a variety of industries in all 50 states and throughout the world from facilities in the United States, Canada, England, Germany, and Poland. Gibraltar's goal is to establish a leadership position in all of its businesses. Currently, it is North America’s leading manufacturer of roof and foundation ventilation products, mail storage (single and cluster), rain dispersion, bar grating, expanded metal, and metal lath and is also the second-largest manufacturer of anchors and structural connectors. Gibraltar's common stock (NASDAQ: ROCK) is a component of the S&P SmallCap 600 and the Russell 2000 Index. (www.gibraltar1.com)
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