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Papé Machinery Achieves START Status

Papé Machinery in Kelso earns safety and health recognition award

Employees of Papé Machinery in Kelso pose in front of a large John Deere heavy machine.TUMWATER –Papé Machinery Inc. in Kelso has become just the second worksite in Washington state to be recognized for safety through the new Safety Through Achieving Recognition Together program, (START).

START, administered by The Department of Labor and Industries (L&I), is modeled on the federal Safety & Health Achievement Recognition Program, (SHARP). Both programs recognize companies with exemplary safety records that have demonstrated a commitment to workplace safety.

Papé will receive a special plaque commemorating the START recognition at a ceremony in April.

“This safety achievement by our members at Papé Machinery in Kelso clearly underscores the importance our entire organization puts on workplace safety,” said Papé vice-president of marketing Tim Clevenger. “We are extremely proud of these members for their continued focus on safe workplace behavior.”
Papé Machinery, founded in 1938, offers sales, rentals, parts and service for construction and forestry equipment in Oregon, Washington, northern California and northwestern Nevada. The company, based in Eugene, Ore., has 1,500 employees total, 100 employees at its eight Washington locations, and eight employees in Kelso.

Papé’s workplace hazards include everything from power tools to cranes and forklifts. All employees take part in a company safety program that includes regular inspections of the worksite, tools and vehicles, and an employee safety suggestion program.

Companies participating in START must have an injury rate below their industry average for at least a year. L&I safety and health experts visit the worksite to review workplace hazards, examine safety and health programs and interview workers and managers.

“Companies with solid safety records should consider participating in START,” said Lynda Stoneberg, L&I’s statewide consultation manager for the Division of Occupational Safety and Health. “In this way, these employers can be recognized for their efforts and show other businesses that safety and success go hand in hand.”

START companies are approved for participation for one year with up to three 18-month renewals and are exempt from routine visits by L&I compliance officers. While the greatest benefit to employers is a safer workplace, this often leads to lower worker compensation rates.

For more information on START, visit or call 360-902-5735.

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