Concrete contractors with exemplary safety records for 2011 were recognized by the American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC), St. Louis, Mo., at the association’s Annual Conference, September 20, in Chicago, Ill.
W. Burr Bennett Awards for Safety Excellence were given to specialty contractor Prus Construction Co., Cincinnati, Ohio, and general contractor, Walbridge, Detroit, Mich. 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 2011 were presented to general and specialty 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); and Raffin Construction Co., Chicago, Ill., (under 100,000 work hours).
Specialty contractors receiving the Outstanding Safety Achievement Award were Baker Concrete Construction, Monroe, Ohio (over 250,000 work hours); Prus Construction Co., Cincinnati, Ohio (100,000 – 250,000 work hours); and Bottorff Construction, Atchison, Kan. (under 100,000 work hours).
33 contractors received awards for zero lost time due to accidents and 45 contractors were recognized for having lowered their incident rate from the previous year. 61 contractors received certificates for achieving an incident rate below the national average.
Three companies were recognized for outstanding fleet safety records: The Fricks Co. Inc., Fort Worth, Tx., 429,457 miles with zero accidents; S.B. Ballard Construction Co., Virginia Beach, Va., 800,000 miles with zero accidents; and Lloyd Concrete Services, Forest, Va., 2,000,000+ 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.
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 450 member companies in the United States and 8 foreign countries.