MEMIC Honors Steel-Pro, Inc. for Workplace Safety
Steel-Pro, Inc. of Rockland, Maine was recently honored with an award for exceptional on-the-job safety performance during The MEMIC Group’s Annual Meeting of Policyholders. Only eight employers, out of more than 21,000 MEMIC policyholders across the country, received a 2019 award for workplace safety from the workers’ compensation insurance specialist.
Steel-Pro is a custom manufacturer of stainless steel pressure vessels, biopharmaceutical equipment, vacuum chambers and storage tanks. With more than 60 employees, the company was started in 1978 by Chris Beebe and Fred Carey. In 2014 it was converted to an employee-owned company.
“Instead of just saying it’s our number-one priority, we’ve really empowered everybody to take the time they need, and the action required to do their work safely,” said Steel-Pro President Steve Ladd. “MEMIC is always there to support Steel-Pro, and it’s a great relationship.”
“I think the reason why people want to work at Steel-Pro is because they know that we are committed to safety,” said Steel-Pro Human Resources Manager Jill Sullivan.
MEMIC’s Safety Management Consultant Hartley Webb observed, “It’s pretty clear that employee ownership can improve engagement, feedback, employee recruitment and retention in a tight labor market. You can see it at Steel-Pro from the shop floor to leadership.”
“You need to meet stringent quality and safety standards to supply companies like DuPont, so the precision that comes with experienced employees and safety engagement is essential,” said Webb. “Steel-Pro’s strong return-to-work program and relationship with their local primary medical provider also helped them receive this recognition. It also earned them a Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program Award (SHARP) from the Maine Department of Labor.”