ARTBA and CNA seek award nominations

The American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) and CNA are seeking nominations for the 2009 Contractor Safety Award. The award recognizes contractors that have implemented outstanding employee health and safety programs. Contractors engaged in the construction of roads, bridges, ports, tunnels and transit operations are eligible to apply.

Applicants should demonstrate an OSHA Recordable Rate (measured by the Bureau of Labor Statistics) lower than the most recently published industry average. The benchmark for the award is a rate below 6.3, based on the BLS published average for 2008.

There are three categories of awards. Each category is based on the number of hours worked by all company employees in the previous year. Two companies in each category with the lowest OSHA rate will advance to the next round, where they will present their safety programs to the judges.

Judges are also looking for safety program elements such as management commitment, employee participation, incident investigation, audit procedures, safety planning, management review, implementation and risk assessment.

All nominations must be submitted by 5 pm, August 28, 2009, to ARTBA’s headquarters. Finalists will be notified by September 11 and winners will be announced at ARTBA’s National Convention from October 6-9 in Charleston, South Carolina.

To learn more about the award or to apply, please visit the Contractor Safety Award site.

To calculate your company’s recordable rate, visit the OSHA website.