WY Contractor Works to Stay SHARP

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 @ 04:11 PM gHale

Sixteen years of heightened safety awareness is great, but Casper, WY-based Automation & Electronics, Inc., knows an accident is just around the corner so that is why the industrial electrical design-build contractor with strong automation and communication departments is continuing to focus on a stronger safety culture.

Automation & Electronics continues to strengthen its existing safety culture at its facility that employs 180 people.

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Company management recognized an effective method for accomplishing this would be to engage employees at all levels.

That is why the company took action by developing a Safety Committee (consisting of employees from all departments), implementing and updating job safety analysis policies, implementing company-wide incident reviews and a web-based platform all employees can access to obtain safety documents and policies.

Automation & Electronics provides instrumentation and software services and electrical, electronic, and control services to municipal waste water facilities and to industrial, coal mining, and oil and gas production industries. Other services they provide include electrical power system design, service entrance equipment, ground resistance testing, switch gear installation, distributed programmable logic control based automation systems, process control system upgrades, power quality surveys, circuit breaker coordination studies, power factor correction, harmonic mitigation, and corrosion protection services. Automation & Electronics provides services locally and as far reaching as Africa and Russia.

The company has a long-standing working relationship with Wyoming OSHA Consultation, dating back to 1995. Automation & Electronics worked to achieve and maintain Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) for the past 16 years and initially achieved SHARP status April 26, 2000.

Automation & Electronics participation in OSHA’s SHARP program resulted in reduced injury and illness rates, lowered insurance costs, and increased production.

Along those lines, last year, the company reported a total recordable case (TRC) rate of 1.5 and days away from work, job transfer or restriction (DART) rate of 0.7. That compares to the Bureau of Labor Statistics national average TRC rate for this industry was 4.4, and DART was 2.5 for this period.

This record ended up acknowledged when the company received the Safety Excellence Award, District 8 from the National Electrical Contractors Association last year.

Automation & Electronics appears to be living their motto: “Safety, It’s Our Way.”

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 does not result in penalties or citations to the company.

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