The Safety and Risk Management Council (SRMC) of the American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC), St. Louis, has announced a new safety award, the ASCC Member Owner Safety Award.  The purpose is to recognize one owner/executive each year of a contractor member company that displays a clear focus and passion for safety and provides the leadership that creates a best-in-class safety culture.

The new award is in keeping with Goal #1 of the ASCC Strategic Plan: Increase the Number of Contractor Member Owners Who Truly Demonstrate a Personal Commitment to Safety. “Strong safety cultures thrive in an organization where leaders take an active role,” says Scott Greenhaus, SRMC council director.  “Contractor member owners that understand this know that building a true safety culture begins and ends with them: the priorities they set, the choices they make and their expectations of others.  It requires effort and commitment from the top, but employees will tell you that it makes a difference.”

To enter, the company must be a member in good standing of the ASCC.  The nominee must be a CEO, owner, president, or high level vice president.  A completed application plus two letters of recommendation from outside the company are required to enter.

The ASCC also recognizes contractors with Zero Lost Time Incidents for a given year, Improvement over the preceding year, Recognition (members with an incident rate below the industry average), and members with the Lowest Incident Rate in six man-hour categories.  The W. Burr Bennett Award for Safety Excellence recognizes top safety programs in General Contractor and Specialty Contractor categories.  Fleet Safety Awards honors members with outstanding fleet safety records.

The Safety and Risk Management Council (SRMC) is a specialty council dedicated to making ASCC contractors the safest in the industry.  The Council board consists of safety and insurance professionals from all aspects of the concrete contracting industry.  The group meets three times a year and spends countless additional hours overseeing safety matters for the organization.  Council activities include publication development, review and monitoring of ASCC events and materials for safety compliance, member education, a safety awards program, and a safety/insurance hotline.

The ASCC is a non-profit 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 590 member companies in the United States and 14 foreign countries.  For more information visit the web site at or call (866) 788-2722.