Hamilton: Press Release

Hamilton Construction Receives SHARP Safety Designation From OREGON OSHA.


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Linda Scronce-Johnson, Hamilton Construction Co.

Hamilton Construction Receives SHARP Safety Designation From OREGON OSHA. plus sign
Springfield, Ore. – Hamilton Construction Co., the Pacific Northwest's leading bridge, highway and rail builder based in Springfield, Ore., has qualified for SHARP, the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program sponsored by Oregon's Department of Consumer and Business Services, Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA).

Hamilton becomes one of only 17 construction companies in the state to receive the designation. As Oregon OSHA safety consultant Dave Wooley pointed out, only 168 of 90,000 Oregon companies have attained Oregon OSHA's stringent safety criteria to qualify for SHARP.

SHARP was developed to provide Oregon employers with coaching and direction so that they can learn to more effectively manage workplace safety and health, and in turn, be recognized for their achievement.

According to Hamilton Safety Manager Dave Holland, the collaborative process between Hamilton and Oregon OSHA has taken place over several years and has involved commitment from all levels of the organization. "SHARP doesn't happen just at the executive level," Holland explained, "Of course you need to start with the support of top management but it happens in the field and requires buy-in from everyone. Attaining SHARP is kind of like climbing Mt. Everest – many try, but few make it to the top."

Oregon OSHA's Rocky Shampang, Manager of Consultative Services, Eugene Field Office said, "The SHARP process is an investment in your most important asset – the safety of your people." And as Dave Wooley added during the announcement, "Let your people know that they did a good job and they did a lot of hard work. Not only is this just about Hamilton – this is about providing leadership to make the entire state a safer place to work. "

Hamilton Construction's president Scott Williams also thanked AGC for its contributions to the designation through Safety and Loss Control Consultant Brent Pockrus and Industrial Hygienist Alden Strealy. Hamilton is a member of the Oregon-Columbia Chapter Associated General Contractors (AGC) and the AGC/SAIF Corporation workers' compensation program.

Participation in SHARP does not eliminate regulatory enforcement, although SHARP participants do receive a limited exemption from programmed inspections. Employees retain all workplace safety and health rights contained in the Oregon Safe Employment Act. Oregon employers that have been in business for more than one year are eligible to apply for SHARP regardless of size or type of business.

For more information about SHARP criteria see: http://www.orosha.org/subjects/sharp.html