Taco Comfort Solutions has earned the 2017 Excellence in Safety Performance & Records Award from Providence Business News, Rhode Island’s statewide business weekly.

The award is part of PBN’s annual manufacturing awards which recognize local manufacturers in a dozen categories ranging from supply chain to lean manufacturing excellence. The awards were presented at a networking dinner and awards ceremony held on March 30.

Taco Comfort Solutions maintains an active safety program at its facilities in Cranston, RI and Fall River, MA. The Fall River facility, which has been recognized by OSHA for its safety record, is a heavy metal fabrication shop where Taco manufactures heat exchangers and expansion tanks in a range of sizes, with much of the work being custom in nature.

The facility processes over 4 million pounds of steel annually, yet has achieved over nine years without a single day lost as a result of a work-related injury — equating to 1,467,751 hours of injury-free work. Its safety record is more than five times better than the national average for its type of facility, said Taco officials.

Taco Comfort Solutions’ Cranston and Fall River facilities have earned OSHA Consultation SHARP (Safety & Health Achievement Recognition Program) certifications.

David Grof, safety and environmental director, accepted the award for Taco. Anthony DeMoura, vice president for operations, is in charge of the Fall River facility.