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Newsmakers in business Sept. 23

POSTED: September 23, 2012 1:30 a.m.

Kipper Tool earns safety recognition at conference

Kipper Tool Company of Gainesville was recognized for Most Improved Safety Performance among Georgia employers at the annual Georgia Safety, Health, and Environmental Conference held Sept. 12-14 in Savannah.

The award is given to companies that have made significant strides with regard to workplace safety and health, and which maintain or improve over the course of three years once improvement is under way.

Over the last three years, Kipper Tool has shown sustainability and safety improvement, with only one “lost workday” injury and two OSHA recordable cases in 2009, no incidents in 2010, and one recordable to a contract laborer in 2011.

To be eligible, a company must be an Award of Excellence for Workplace Safety recipient. The recognition goes to companies with more than 250 workdays without one lost from injury or illness in a calendar year. Kipper Tool has received this recognition three years running.

“We have worked hard over the past four years,” Kipper Tool Safety Manager Jim O’Dell of said. “Making and then maintaining this culture shift could not have happened without the dedication of every single person within the organization. I am extremely proud of all our team and look forward to continued improvement.”

Kipper Tool Company, established in 1994, has a corporate office and warehouse facility on Murphy Boulevard in Gainesville. KTC is an authorized distributor for more than 300 tool and industrial supply manufacturers providing industrial quality tools of all types to business, industry and government agencies.

The company’s facility is a 300,000-square-foot building, which houses a 16,000-square-foot walk-in retail store.


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