Labor Dept. recognizes Central Ford as 10-year SHARP participant

Published 10:17 am Monday, October 15, 2018

AHOSKIE— The N.C. Department of Labor recently recognized Central Ford as a participant in the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) for more than 10 consecutive years. The program recognizes companies for a commitment to the safety and health of their employees.

Consultative Services Bureau Chief Kevin O’Barr presents officials with a special plaque with Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry’s signature during a presentation at the company’s headquarters. Consultative Services is recognizing those companies that have been in the program for 10 years or more throughout 2018. There are 28 companies or entities who have reached this anniversary.

“Companies involved in our SHARP program go above and beyond what is required to keep their employees safe and ensure that they make it home to their loved ones,” Commissioner Berry said. “Those who have been in our program for 10 consecutive years are even more impressive and I applaud this achievement.”

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.

Central Ford is a car sales and repair shop that has been a SHARP participant since Jan. 11, 2006.

“Mechanical shops have many hazards,” O’Barr said. “Central Ford has worked diligently and succeeded at maintaining a safe and productive work environment.”