Cashman Equipment’s Chris Calleri (L), safety manager, and Dick Stewart, Elko safety specialist. (Cashman Equipment photo)
Cashman Equipment was recognized by the Safety Consultation and Training Section (SCATS) of the State of Nevada's Division of Industrial Relations for its successful completion of the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP). Cashman Equipment is the first business in Winnemucca to ever receive this designation and the second one in the city of Elko.
“Every person who leaves for work in the morning should expect to return home at night in good health,” said Mike Pack, Cashman Equipment president and COO. “It's a very reasonable expectation, and Cashman's ultimate goal is to meet that expectation by keeping its employees safe, every day. These SHARP Awards are the culmination of years of work for us to officially become self-governing in regards to safety.”
With only 38 other SHARP-designated businesses in the state of Nevada, SHARP is an elite group of companies that have committed to implementing and maintaining exemplary safety and health programs. The no-cost SHARP program assists businesses in reducing accidents on site and remaining compliant with Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) regulations through internal safety audits and industrial hygiene testing, as well as changes to a company's internal culture to become better suited to internal governance of its safety and health programs. Successful SHARP participants receive a two-year exemption from OSHA's general schedule inspections.
“We are very proud to recognize Cashman Equipment's locations in Elko and Winnemucca with their dual SHARP Awards,” said Todd Schultz, chief administrative officer for SCATS. “By earning the SHARP Awards, it shows that Cashman Equipment is truly dedicated to the health and well-being of its employees and committed to maintaining exemplary standards when it comes to keeping its people safe.”
SCATS consultants provide employers like Cashman Equipment with no-cost hazard identification, program development, and program implementation assistance. Employers who are able to implement effective safety and health programs and have a Days Away, Restricted or Transfer (DART) rate below the national average for their industry group are recognized by SCATS.
“We are very pleased to receive our SHARP awards because they represent everyone's dedication to safety here” said Pack. “People think that implementing a stronger safety program like SHARP is expensive. There are some costs in the beginning, but in the end, you are keeping your employees safe. There's nothing more valuable than sending our people home safely, every day.”
Cashman Equipment is also currently in the process of applying for its SHARP certification for its Reno location and its corporate headquarters location in Henderson.