When you manufacture altimeters for the sport and military free-fall parachuting industry, safety is serious business.
When you manufacture altimeters for the sport and military free-fall parachuting industry, safety is serious business. "It's personal," says Roger Allen, president of Alti-2, Inc. in DeLand. "We constantly strive to make the best possible product for our customers to buy. As skydivers, we use them ourselves and our friends use them." All United States military divisions use their altimeters, also.
Alti-2 first contacted USF SafetyFlorida in 2006 at Allen's recommendation. By 2007, the company had earned its first SHARP award and in 2009 it received a SHARP renewal. Allen says the company's concern for safety transfers from customers to employees. "We don't want any of our customers getting hurt and we don't want our employees getting hurt either" At the 6,000-square-foot facility that employs a staff of 19, technical workers perform tasks such as mechanical and electronics assembly, soldering, and hot and cold testing. Personal protective equipment is a must to ensure employees protect their eyes, ears and skin. Fans are also used to pull away fumes that could potentially irritate lungs. For the past three years, Alti-2 has remained injury-free.
Alti-2 maintains an open door policy, and customers are allowed to tour the facility. Allen says it's important for customers to see how their products are manufactured and how safety permeates everything the company does. "With safety, it comes down to good housekeeping."
Allen adds that receiving the SHARP is a significant achievement for the company. "Earning the SHARP award is a very important recognition of what we try to do, which is to put safety first. Getting the SHARP award and having the employees see it is important."