It has been a busy last few weeks at A-1 Fabricators and Finishers. Finishing touches are being made on our expansion and soon the new offices will be occupied. Plans are being laid out to increase our current painting capacity in volume, size, and process capabilities utilizing additional space provide with the expansion. Warehousing operations has been successfully relocated to the new facility.
The past month also included a visit from a representative from the OSHA Department. Having no past experience with the office our initial impression was that of fear. Having heard nightmarish stories throughout the years, I am happy to report that the OSHA representative was pleasant and professional. The representatives only objective was to assure that employees concerns were addressed and that A-1 Fabricators provided a safe working environment for their employees; an objective shared by A-1 Fabricators & Finishers. Although the final report has not been issued the experience was found to be insightful and provided the enthusiasm to review and evaluate existing safety programs. Although many of our programs provided the requirements needed for the safety of our employees we were presented with the opportunity to implement improvement to some existing programs and practices thus providing a safer work environment for all.
The fire department also performed their annual inspection of the facility. There were no violations or concerns reported.
Training on the safe operations of forklifts was also provided this month. 48 employees participated in a 4 hour training class and drove the obstacle course to achieve their certification. All employees participating in the training passed both the written and driving exam. They will each be observed operating the forklift in our shop environment to complete their certification requirements.
We also had the pleasure of entertaining a Quality System Audit by the Quality Assurance Department of the Curtiss Wright Corporation, Nuclear Division. The audit reviewed our quality processes but was focused on material handling, traceability, and welding certifications and controls. We are pleased to report that there were no deficiencies reported during the survey.
Looking forward to what we hope to be a calmer November.