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.”