MCMINNVILLE COMPANY AWARDED HONOR FOR WORKPLACE SAFETY
CUMBERLAND LUMBER AND MANUFACTURING RECEIVES TOSHA AWARD
NASHVILLE - Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner James Neeley, on behalf of Governor Phil Bredesen, today awarded the SHARP award to Cumberland Lumber and Manufacturing Company in McMinnville, Tennessee. The Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) Award is one of the state's highest honors for workplace safety and health.
company officials and employees, Neeley said, "Cumberland Lumber
and Manufacturing is the first wood flooring manufacturer in Tennessee
to achieve the SHARP award. They have worked hard to significantly reduce
their total injury and illness rate almost 30 percent. I admire their
team spirit in working with employees and TOSHA to promote workplace safety."
87 workers' compensation recordable injuries in 2001, we realized that
our safety and health programs were not working," said Cumberland's
vice president of production John Jackson. "We analyzed our injuries
and determined the following: We were using our local physicians for first
aid; our new employees were not being trained properly; and our supervisors
were not buying into our programs. We made the following changes that
have reduced our recordable injuries to 6 so far in 2004: We employed
a company nurse; we totally revamped our safety training programs for
not only our new employees, but also our older employees; we revised our
safety committee, and put new rules in place; we included our supervisors
and hourly people into the planning and implementation of our programs;
and we sought help from the TOSHA Consultative Services Program."
ANDREW JOHNSON TOWER, 8TH FLOOR