Concrete contractors with exemplary safety records for 2012 were recognized by the American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC), St. Louis, Mo., at the association’s Annual Conference, September 19, in Columbus, Ohio. W. Burr Bennett Awards for Safety Excellence were given to specialty contractor T.A.S. Commercial Concrete Construction, Houston, Tex., and general contractor, T.B. Penick & Sons, San Diego, Calif. These awards are presented in partnership with CNA, Chicago, to contractors that place the highest priority on safety. Entries are 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 2012 were presented to general and specialty concrete contractors in four categories. The incident rate is 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 receiving the Outstanding Safety Achievement Award for the lowest incident rate were Walbridge, Detroit, Mich. (over 250,000 work hours); Prus Construction Co., Cincinnati, Ohio (100,000 – 250,000 work hours) and Quesenberry’s, Big Stone Gap, Va., (under 100,000 work hours).
Specialty contractors receiving the Outstanding Safety Achievement Award were Wayne Brothers, Kannapolis, N. C. (over 250,000 work hours); Canyon Contracting, Inc., Mt. Airy, Md. (100,000 – 250,000 work hours); and Pence/Kelly Concrete, Salem, Oreg. (under 100,000 work hours).
Forty-eight concrete contractors received awards for zero lost time due to accidents and 34 contractors were recognized for having lowered their incident rate from the previous year. 62 contractors received certificates for achieving an incident rate below the national average.
Three companies were recognized for outstanding fleet safety records: Rex’s Custom Concrete, Cedar Rapids, Ia., 150,000 miles with zero accidents; Kolde Construction, St. Marys, Kans., 503,740 miles with zero accidents; and L. Keeley Construction Co., Sauget, Ill., 2,800,000 miles with zero accidents.
The ASCC Safety & Risk Management Council educates contractors on all aspects of safety relating to concrete contracting and insurance matters. The Council also provides oversight on safety publications and events.
For more information, visit www.ascconline.org or call the ASCC office at (866) 788-2722.