Concrete contractors with exemplary safety records were recognized by the American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC), St. Louis, at the association's Annual Conference, Sept. 11, in San Antonio.

Canyon Concrete, Farmington, Mo., and Hensel Phelps Construction Co., Greeley, Colo., received the W. Burr Bennett Awards for Safety Excellence, presented by the ASCC, in partnership with CNA, Chicago. The awards recognize one specialty contractor and one general contractor, respectively, that place the highest priority on safety. Award entries were judged on three years of safety performance indicators, values, and trends; a self-assessment checklist of company safety practices; and detailed descriptions of safety plans and culture.

Additional awards, based on the incident rate for 2007, were presented to general and specialty contractors in four categories. The incident rate represents the number of lost workday cases from the OSHA 300 log, times 200,000, divided by the number of work hours in a calendar year.

General contractors that won the Best Safety Achievement Award for the lowest incident rate were S.B. Ballard Construction Co., Virginia Beach, Va. (more than 250,000 work hours); L. Keeley Construction Co., Sauget, Ill. (100,000 to 250,000 work hours); and Scale Construction Inc., Chicago. (less than 100,000 work hours).

Specialty contractors winning the Best Safety Achievement Award were Walbridge East, Pittsburgh (more than 250,000 work hours); Walbridge Concrete Services, Detroit (100,000 to 250,000 work hours); and Albanelli Cement Contractors Inc., Livonia, Mich. (less than 100,000 work hours).

Twenty-four contractors received awards for zero lost time due to accidents and 27 contractors were recognized for having lowered their incident rate from the previous year. Fifty-two contractors received certificates of recognition for achieving an incident rate below the national average.

ASCC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the capabilities of those who build with concrete, and to providing them a unified voice in the construction industry. Members include concrete contracting firms, manufacturers, suppliers and others interested in the concrete industry, such as architects, specifiers and distributors. There are approximately 580 member companies in the United States and five foreign countries.

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