Mathews Brothers Recognized for Safety

June 21, 2011

Mathews Brothers Co. has been awarded the Occupational Safety & Health Administration's Safety & Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) designation for its efforts in providing a safe and healthy work environment. Department of Labor officials presented the company with its certificate of achievement at the company's Belfast, Maine, facility today.

“This award represents Mathews Brothers’ high standards and employee involvement in creating a safe workplace,” said Robert Winglass, commissioner of the Maine Department of Labor. "Mathews Brothers is the only window company in New England, and is one of about 28 companies in Maine, to achieve this designation."

“We are extremely proud of this achievement,” stated Scott Hawthore, company president. “It has been a long journey to get here, and has taken the conscious efforts of each and every team member working together towards this goal to make it happen. Our business incorporates several hazardous operations, including various cutting and punching operations, not to mention working with glass.”

The OSHA SHARP program offers incentives to private sector employers that take a proactive approach to workplace safety. The SHARP certificate is granted to employers who have demonstrated exemplary achievements in workplace safety and health by receiving a comprehensive safety and health consultation visit, correcting all workplace safety and health hazards, adopting and implementing effective safety and health management systems, and agreeing to request further consultative visits if major changes in working conditions or processes occur that may introduce new hazards.

The window manufacturer worked with SafetyWorks!, an outreach program with the Maine Department of Labor, to improve safety in all operational areas with a focus on injury prevention. To earn the SHARP designation, Mathews Brothers' employees, supervisors and managers participated in training in safety and health. As a result of this training, the company's DART rate (days away, restricted duty) has been reduced below the national average, it reports.