In order to receive the award, a company must have an incident rate below the national average and demonstrate improvement or sustain an excellent record over a period of three years. It must meet all other safety program requirements, including holding quarterly safety meetings, having and following a safety and health program with a regular review, having a written plan, performing regular inspections, providing employee safety training on all Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)-required topics, and not sustaining any work-related fatalities during the three year time frame.
The three companies who received the Award of Merit include:
- Hales Sand and Gravel in Redmond had only two total recordable cases within the three year period. It also met all other safety program requirements. “I am extremely proud of how our team kept safety as their number one priority,” General Manager Jeff Collard said in a press release. “Not only do we take the personal safety of each one of our teammates very seriously, but also the safety of the traveling public and local residents whose towns our projects encompassed.”
- Jack B. Parson Companies, a ready-mixed concrete company in Ogden, worked 590,577 man hours during the three year period and had only three total recordable cases. It also met all other safety program requirements. “We at Jack B. Parson Companies feel it is a great honor to be recognized for our safety performance,” said President Bob Rowberry in the press release. “But more than the recognition, it is the safety culture that we try to embrace within our company, a culture not only at work but in our homes and around our families.”
- Reynolds Excavation, Demolition & Utilities in Draper worked 327,244 man hours per year and had seven total recordable cases in the three year period. It also met all other safety program requirements. “Our safety culture works,” said General Manager Timothy Brown in a press release. “When I look at those who are engaged in the process, they are successful because they perform TRACK (Think through the task, Recognize the Hazards, Assess the hazards, Control the hazards, Keep safety first in all tasks), GOAL (Get out and look), who consistently turn inches into feet, and are willing to get a spotter or be a spotter. They are the ones who work safe. Every incident that we have had as a company, almost without fail, has occurred because we omitted very basic and simple steps in the process. The incident, damage, or even injury to people could have been eliminated if the safety guidelines had been followed. This is why we stress safety every day, to everyone we speak with. If we are safe, then we are successful.”