The N.C. Department of Labor recently recertified Saab Barracuda in Lillington as a participant in the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP). The program recognizes companies for a commitment to the safety and health of their employees.
Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry presented employees and company officials with the SHARP flag and certificate at a ceremony at the Lillington facility Jan. 30.
“Safety and health is not just one person. It takes teamwork to ensure that each employee returns home every day to their families safe and healthy,” Commissioner Berry said. “I commend the employees at Saab Barracuda for continuing to demonstrate that teamwork.”
The SHARP Award is designed for small to mid-size businesses. Companies that qualify for the award show that they have developed and maintained good safety programs for workers. To qualify for the program, injury and illness rates for the site must be below the national average for the industry, and NCDOL safety and health consultants must complete an assessment of the workplace.
“Saab Barracuda truly values our partnership with the N.C. Department of Labor,” said Bill Easterling, Saab Barracuda vice president. “With the assistance of the Consultative Services Bureau, we continue to proactively identify and mitigate potential hazards before they lead to workplace injuries. We offer many thanks to Commissioner Berry, Blair Byrd and Mr. Gregory Greene for your support over the last six years as we made Saab Barracuda one of the safest places to work in North Carolina.”
Saab Barracuda engages in the design, testing and manufacturing of signature management and camouflage products for the armed forces and government agencies in the U.S. Additionally, Saab Barracuda manufactures multi-spectral camouflage and heat reducing systems for the Department of Defense, law enforcement and other government agencies. These products protect against threats from sensors and reduce the effects of heat and solar loading on personnel and equipment.
“The SHARP recertification is the result of an associate-driven safety process that begun 12 years ago,” Mr. Easterling said. “The dedication of our hard-working associates to analyze past accidents, audit processes and equipment, and establish safe work practices has resulted in over four years without a recordable or lost time incident.”
The company was first SHARP certified in September 2014 and recertified in January 2017. Saab Barracuda also received the 3rd Year Gold Award at the 2018 Sanford Safety Awards Banquet.