The Original Mattress Factory in Raleigh, N.C., manufactures and distributes box springs and mattresses, and they sell directly to the public. The safety of its employees serves as the company’s top priority. “To strive for excellence in all we do,” said Reed Murphy, Vice President, “is very important and serves as the foundation for the company’s success.” To stay true to its philosophy of continuous improvement, the Original Mattress Factory looks for ways to develop their safety programs and enhance the work environment.
The Original Mattress Factory contacted OSHA’s On-site Consultation Program for help protecting the safety of its employees. During the initial visit, the consultant identified electrical, training, and labeling issues that could result in worker injuries. The company immediately corrected the hazards and implemented training and safety programs.
The employee safety committee conducted weekly housekeeping and safety walks, safety observations as a team and monthly safety inspections. The company was accepted into the OSHA Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP). Acceptance of worksites into SHARP from OSHA is an achievement of status that distinguishes a company amongst its business peers as a model for workplace safety and health. The Original Mattress Factory’s most recent renewal was in 2015. “Becoming OSHA SHARP has helped the company achieve safety success that has become a part of our culture,” said Murphy.
The Raleigh factory now shares some of their success ideas with others. One notable idea involves having daily morning warm-ups and stretches with the manufacturing and delivery employees as a team. This daily morning routine helps reduce the number of repetitive motion and strain injuries that are typical of carrying heavy pieces of furniture, such as mattress and box springs. This proactive approach to preventing strain injuries is a direct impact of working with NCDOL OSHA’s consultants over the years. In addition to preventing strain injuries, these warm-ups and stretches have strengthened the team spirit and improved their culture of employee safety and wellness.
OSHA’s On-site Consultation Program offers free and confidential safety and occupational health advice to small and medium-sized businesses in all states across the country with priority given to high-hazard worksites. On-site Consultation services are separate from enforcement and do not result in penalties or citations. Consultants from state agencies or universities work with employers to identify workplace hazards, provide advice on compliance with OSHA standards, and assist in establishing injury and illness prevention programs.
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