McGregor Industries Inc. is a fourth generation family-run business based in Dunmore, Pennsylvania, that fabricates and installs metal products for buildings. Under the leadership of owner Robert R. McGregor, the company has worked to take safety and health to the next level through OSHA’s Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP), which recognizes small business employers who have used OSHA On-Site Consultation Program services and operate an exemplary safety and health program.
Following an internal audit of their safety program, McGregor contacted PA OSHA Consultation for help. The PA Consultation representative determined that lockout/tagout procedures, safety data sheets, and training needed to be updated.
The consultant recommended that the company work toward earning acceptance into SHARP. Working closely with the consultant, a team of managers and employees integrated a new safety and health program and reporting system. Additionally, through a more comprehensive training program, employees are better able to identify and report hazards.
Since becoming a SHARP participant, the company has significantly reduced serious injuries – and the benefits of having trained professionals on-site extends beyond a safer workplace. “Our employees felt a great sense of pride being part of the process and achieving the SHARP certification,” explained Chief Financial Officer Joseph Murray. “It’s a win for all involved.”
OSHA Consultation projects are operated by states, and provide small businesses with free, confidential safety and health services. Additional information about OSHA’s On-Site Consultation Program and other small business resources is available at www.osha.gov or by calling 1-800-321-OSHA (6742).
Shariq Marshall, an intern in the Department’s Office of Public Affairs in Philadelphia, helped adapt this story from OSHA’s collection of SHARP success stories.