Ground Control Maker Stays SHARP

Thursday, February 16, 2017 @ 03:02 PM gHale


Jennmar Corporation of Utah, Inc. always considered safety to be the most important objective for their people and their customers.

Clearfield, Utah-based Jennmar Corporation is a family-owned company that focuses on ground control technology serving the mining and tunneling industries.

Covering those industries, Jennmar knows the inherent danger involved as it develops and manufactures a broad range of ground control products designed to make mining and tunneling safer and more efficient.

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Jennmar Corporation of Utah, Inc. started up in 1993, originally serving the mining and hard rock mining industries.

The company always considered safety to be the most important objective for their people and their customers. That is why they started a relationship with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) On-site Consultation Program and Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) over 15 years ago in Pennsylvania. Over the years, the company has parlayed SHARP status at several locations, including Pennsylvania, Utah, Virginia, and West Virginia.

OSHA’s On-site Consultation Program offers free and confidential safety and occupational health advice to small and medium-sized businesses in all states across the country, with priority given to high-hazard worksites. On-site Consultation services are separate from enforcement and do not result in penalties or citations.

Jennmar – Utah has participated in SHARP since 2005. The company has been successful with improving consistent and effective training and new program implementation. What happens at one plant often ends up carried through to all facilities as best practices.

Employee involvement has also increased with employees bringing new improvement ideas, safety concerns, and feedback to management. Jennmar continues to improve upon its corrective/preventive action and abatement process by giving specific time frames for completion of action items from audits and incident investigations.

One of the most impressive success stories for Jennmar – Utah is they are one of the oldest SHARP-approved companies in the state of Utah. Jennmar uses this accomplishment as a selling point to customers new and old – gaining new clients and assuring current clients they are a safety-focused company.

Jennmar – Utah implemented a management-based approach to safety back in 2005. As a result of this approach and a partnering relationship with OSHA’s On-site Consultation Program, the company reached a consistent reduction over the years in incidence rates of Total Recordable Rate (TRR) 60 percent reduction, and Days Away Restricted or Transferred Rate (DART) 62 percent reduction (using 2005 as the base year).



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