Kager Industries, Fredricksburg, Texas
Specialty Machine Shop Achieves OSHA Compliance After Being Cited by OSHA
Kager Industries is a specialty machine shop and manufacturer of precision parts and components serving the medical, governmental, automotive, and hobby industries. It’s a small family business so ownership and management wear many hats, leaving little time and resources for managing health and safety compliance requirements. As with many other small businesses, the company also lacked adequate understanding of the OSHA regulations that impacted their operations.
Kager’s ownership was always committed to providing a safe workplace for their employees, and established firm policies such as “if a piece of equipment is falling, get out of the way and let it fall,” ensuring that forklift operators were trained, etc. but they knew that this wasn’t enough to meet OSHA’s strict and extensive standards.
“We lacked the time to read through and really understand the regulations that we needed to comply with like, especially employee training and keeping up with regulatory changes. It was very time consuming and felt like an overwhelming challenge especially while trying to run my business. Robert Kager, Owner”
The lack of a solid safety program caught up with Kager Industries in 2017 when OSHA conducted a surprise inspection and issued the company several citations. To make matters worse, “the clock was ticking” for Kager Industries because OSHA required that the violations be resolved within a very short period of time, and management wasn’t certain about what needed to be done.
Kager Industries contacted us and requested assistance. Upon meeting with Kager Industries, it was obvious that ownership was concerned about their workplace safety issues and committed to not only addressing the OSHA citations, but also achieving overall health and safety compliance for the company.
“We wanted an outside expert, who understands the regulations and has seen other shops like ours, to come in and identify problems that we weren’t even aware of, and make our company a safer place.”
The company immediately signed an Assured Compliance service contract and we went to work on a prioritized action plan that first focused on resolving the OSHA citations, and then attacked the companies overall health and safety compliance condition.
“Berg Compliance Solutions took control of our safety program and took the burden off our shoulders with minimal work or disruption on our end. They wrote our manual, developed our procedures, trained our employees. Everything was done on-time & professionally.”
- The company was able to correct all OSHA violations within deadline, allowing them to take advantage of OSHA’s “expedited settlement offer” for reduced fines and penalties.
- Berg also conducted health testing to confirm that exposure levels for a potentially hazardous metal were below threshold levels.
- The company achieved overall OSHA compliance within a short period of time, and committed to maintaining their ongoing safety compliance by renewing their Assured Compliance contract after the first year of service.
“I would definitely recommend Assured Compliance. They got our company into compliance and I believe they will get your company compliant too.”
Super Cheap Signs, Austin, Texas
Specialty Sign Manufacturer Achieves OSHA Safety Compliance
The company’s operations trigger many common OSHA standards including Personal Protective Equipment, Ladders, Lockout/Tagout, Hazard Communication, Emergency Action Plan, etc. which needed to be implemented and managed in order to achieve and maintain health and safety compliance. These standards include requirements for developing written policies and procedures and conducting employee safety training. OSHA also requires that the company conduct routine inspections to identify and correct health and safety hazards, maintain injury and illness logs, and the list goes on…
The company’s leadership was committed to safety, but was struggling to make it happen for a number of reasons common to many small businesses.
Their Operations Director, Jeff St. Amour, is responsible for the company’s safety program, but he has many day to day responsibilities and isn’t a safety expert.
“In my previous job, I’d been exposed to the “doe’s and don’ts of safety, ” but I as never an expert and wearing many different hats here at Super Cheap Signs I never really time to focus on safety.”
Due to the company’s lack of time, resources and internal expertise, Supercheap Sign was unable to achieve and manage their OSHA compliance goals.
“Prior to hiring Berg, there was no consistency and safety was part-time, because it didn’t really fall on anyone’s shoulders. We needed to partner with a subject mater expert to navigate us through to compliance.”
“It was tough keeping up and not knowing which rules and regulations may have changed. I was always second guessing myself, and not knowing if we were compliant.”
In early 2016 Super Cheap Signs signed an Assured Compliance contract with Berg. The service began with a comprehensive assessment of their current compliance condition. The assessment included a review of their health and safety documentation, records and an inspection of their offices and factory floor. Berg returned 3 weeks later and presented a comprehensive 40 page report to the company’s management team. The report findings included all noted deficiencies, reference to the OSHA standards, and recommended corrective actions for each. We then agreed on a plan to move forward to implement all corrective actions over the following 12 months. This included drafting their health and safety manual, delivering employee safety training, developing equipment specific Lockout/Tagout procedures, conducting routine inspections and everything else that OSHA requires of their operations.
In summary, the service “checked all of the OSHA compliance boxes.”
“The staff at Berg have been our “go-to” resource and have been very responsive with my questions and so forth, and it’s saved me tons of legwork. Before hiring Berg, I’d have to go on the internet to research issues and try to sift through what was good information vs. bad information.”
“It’s allowed me to focus on what’s important to our business, and leave the safety regulations, training and compliance to the experts.”
The company achieved OSHA compliance within the first 12 months of service, and has renewed their Assured Compliance contract annually to ensure that the company maintains their safety compliance condition.
“I’m glad we’ve partnered with Berg, we can sleep at night knowing that we’re in good hands and in compliance.”
“I’d absolutely endorse Berg.
They would be a great partnership for anyone.”