SHARP Safety Focus for Stamping Firm

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 @ 01:11 PM gHale


Trans-Matic Manufacturing Company, Inc. is a metal stamping firm that works in a high hazardous environment.

Understanding that, the company decided it needed a better way to keep workers safe, so they decided to develop a strong safety and health management system.

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Trans-Matic started up in 1968 with the opening of its Holland, MI, site. In 1992, the company expanded by establishing a satellite location in Tempe, AZ, to establish a marketing presence in the Southwest United States and Mexico. In 2002, the Tempe facility relocated to Mesa, AZ.

Trans-Matic develops and produces precision-engineered, deep drawn metal stampings and assemblies used for a wide variety of products and markets including builders’ hardware, appliance manufacturing, plumbing materials, and HVAC components.

Other products manufactured by Trans-Matic include commercial and residential lock hardware components, automotive ABS braking components, fuel rail and powertrain components, and containers for high performance ultra-capacitors, lithium ion batteries, and electronic actuators.

Company leaders new they had to create a plan, so they went out and sought help. With the assistance from Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (MIOSHA) Onsite Consultation Program, Trans-Matic was able to develop and maintain a safety and health program that enabled it to experience injury and illnesses rates considerably below their industry averages. Because of their exemplary safety and health system, Trans-Matic received Michigan’s Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) award on April 19, 2013.

SHARP recognizes small business employers who operate an exemplary injury and illness prevention program, and acceptance of a worksite into SHARP is an achievement that singles out a worksite among its business peers as a model for worksite safety and health.

“We are taught early in our careers that Safety is a key part of craftsmanship. At Trans-Matic, craftsmanship is vital to what we do. Emphasizing safety is the most important thing we can do,” said PJ Thompson, president and chief operating officer.

Prior to its SHARP certification by the MIOSHA SHARP Program in April 2013, Trans-Matic, on several occasions, requested consultative services provided by the MIOSHA Onsite Consultation Program within the Consultation Education and Training Division. The OSHA On-site Consultation Program offers free and confidential services to small and medium-sized businesses and is available to employers in all U.S. states and several territories. Consultants from state agencies or universities work with employers to identify workplace hazards, advise on compliance with OSHA standards, and assist in establishing injury and illness prevention programs. The MIOSHA program is part of the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA).

As a result of its efforts to improve its safety and health system, Trans-Matic started to have success in reducing its injuries through its proactive approach to worker safety. In 2010, Trans-Matic had its Total Recordable Cases (TRC) and Days Away from Work and Restricted/Transfer Cases (DART) rates 44% and 77% below its respective Bureau of Labor Statistics industry averages. Also, using OSHA’s “Safety Pays” tool, it estimated Trans-Matic is saving approximately $172,000 a year in workers’ compensation costs.

“Trans-Matic has developed a safety and health system that provides outstanding protection for their workers,” said MIOSHA Director Martha Yoder. All seven required SHARP elements were in place: Hazard Anticipation and Detection; Hazard Prevention and Control; Planning and Evaluation; Administration and Supervision, Safety and Health Training; Management Leadership; and Employee Participation.

“For Trans-Matic, safety has been a very important part of what we do here. We always try to implement safety in everything we do,” said Angel Rodriguez, eyelet apprentice toolmaker.



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