Simmons Bedding Co. Charlotte plant praised for safety

Mattress manufacturer Simmons Bedding Co. reports that its facility in Charlotte, N.C., is a participant in the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program for the third consecutive time.

SHARP, a program of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, recognizes companies that provide an exemplary safety and health management environment for employees.

“Recertification of SHARP makes a serious statement about a company’s dedication to employee safety,” said Jonathan Dawe, director of safety, health, wellness and workers’ compensation for the Atlanta–based company. “To reach this stage takes a meaningful and ongoing commitment to creating and maintaining a safe work environment for all our employees. You’ll find the same culture of safety that is present at our Charlotte plant at every Simmons facility.”

SHARP participants invite OSHA into the workplace for a consultation during which all hazards are identified and corrected.

The site’s workplace injuries and time lost due to injuries must be below the national average.
The Charlotte facility has gone more than 780 days without a recordable safety incident. During 2008 and 2009, the plant had no recordable incidents.

Simmons credits the facility’s successes to its comprehensive safety program.

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