NOVEMBER 7, 2005
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Company worked two years without injury

NASHVILLE – M.I. Metals in Smyrna has earned both the Governor’s Award of Excellence for Workplace Safety and Health and the SHARP (Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program) award.

The Governor’s Award of Excellence honors Tennessee employers and employees who meet a required number of hours during a calendar year without workplace injuries serious enough to cause an employee to miss a day of work or restrict his normal job activities. The number of hours required is based on the size of the company.

“M.I. Metals has a remarkable safety history,” said Jim Flanagan, head of the Voluntary Protection Program for Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health (TOSHA) who presented the Governor’s Award on behalf of Governor Bredesen. “Company employees have worked since July 2003 without a lost time or restricted duty case, which amounts to 245,000 man hours.”

The company also received the SHARP award, designed for employers with fewer than 250 workers in high-hazard industrial classifications and one of the state’s highest honors for workplace safety and health. The main incentive for participation in the SHARP award program is the desire by employers to promote a safe and healthy workplace. The program also allows employers to be removed from programmed compliance inspection lists for a period of 12 months. Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administrator (TOSHA) John Winkler presented the SHARP award to M.I. Metals.

Both awards were presented at a ceremony today at the M.I. Metals facility, located at 704 12 th Avenue in Smyrna.

To obtain an application or additional information on the Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health (TOSHA) Safety Awards Program, contact the safety grant manager in Nashville at (800) 325-9901 or (615) 741-5281.