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For immediate release: April 26, 2017

Salem company earns rare workplace safety recognition

SALEM - A Salem company is one of just 26 Ohio worksites recognized as a model of workplace safety by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

CMI Industry Americas attained certification through OSHA's Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) that recognizes small employers operating exemplary safety and health management systems.

Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) Administrator/CEO Sarah Morrison today presented the company with a SHARP flag and plaque commemorating its achievement.

"Companies seeking SHARP status must undergo a rigorous process that can take years; the status requires management and employees to be proactive in creating a safe work environment," said Morrison. "I applaud the CMI team for their exceptional commitment to safety that places their workplace among the most elite in Ohio."

CMI Industry Americas designs, installs, upgrades and services equipment for the steel-making industry. CMI Group is celebrating its 200th anniversary this year. The group has since specialized in industrial processes and technologies for the design, supply and modernization of cold rolling mills, processing lines, chemical and thermal treatment installations for the steel and the non-ferrous industry, as well as in providing state-of-the-art heat treatment technologies for the aviation, forging and casting industry, and hydrometallurgical processes for the extraction of ores.

The company worked closely with BWC safety experts for approximately four years to earn SHARP recognition by eliminating safety hazards and making improvements to safety and health programs. Specific actions included building a brick-cutting room equipped with ventilation, adding a fall protection rig with the help of a BWC grant and conducting a comprehensive environmental study at the facility.

"This SHARP recertification is an important milestone for us at CMI Industry Americas. It is a clear reflection of the commitment CMI places on safety and health. Together with the OSHA team, our employees have done a tremendous job accomplishing this great feat, and everybody involved should be extremely proud of their efforts," said Fred Martin Company Manager of CMI's Salem-based subsidiary.

BWC safety consultants administer the OSHA On-Site Consultation program in Ohio and assist employers seeking SHARP status. As a reward for their efforts, OSHA grants SHARP employers a two-year exemption from inspections, with the opportunity to renew for three more years of exemptions.

The OSHA On-Site Consultation program is one of many workplace safety programs and services BWC offers to Ohio employers. Visit bwc.ohio.gov for more information.

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