Cashman Equipment voluntarily chose to pursue certification in order to provide the maximum safety benefits to employees and customers. While certification is occasionally recommended, the company’s internal safety committee (formed from Cashman employees from various departments and locations) determined that employee safety could be compromised by visiting a hazmat site or servicing equipment from such a job. Field and shop technicians, as well as welders, enrolled in the HAZWOPER program in order to secure the skills necessary to protect themselves and those around them from dangerous contact with hazardous materials, including heavy metals, carcinogens, and other chemicals.
The forty-hour class was conducted at Cashman by Eric Tofte, Director of Training & Consultation at Evergreen Safety Council, a private, non-profit organization providing safety and health training. Cashman employees learned to handle high concentrations of toxic substances; Immediately Dangerous to Life and Health (IDLH) environments; situations that present an oxygen deficient atmosphere; conditions that pose a fire or explosion hazard; evacuation procedures; and, various dangers posed to employees in the area. The certification not only raises safety awareness among Cashman employees, it also provides customers with conscientious service, from sales and product calls to repairs and maintenance.
“Cashman Equipment is committed to unwavering safety standards, wherever we are. Securing HAZWOPER certification is simply the way to operate a business at the highest level, for the benefit to our employees and customers,” said Mike Pack, president and COO at Cashman Equipment.
About Cashman Equipment Company…Founded in 1931 by James “Big Jim” Cashman, Cashman Equipment is one of the highest rated Caterpillar equipment dealers in North America. A full service dealer, Cashman provides new and used equipment for sale and rental, as well as high-quality parts and service to construction, paving, mining, truck engine, and power system industries throughout Nevada and parts of California. Currently headquartered in North Las Vegas, Cashman is one of the largest privately-owned employers in Nevada. Cashman is scheduled to relocate their corporate headquarters to Henderson, Nevada in late 2008. For more information, visit www.cashmanequipment.com.