ARTBA Foundation honors industry firms’ safety programs

The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) Foundation last month honored transportation construction industry firms for their outstanding worker safety programs during the 2012 ARTBA National Convention held in Memphis, Tennessee.

ARTBA Foundation honored the winning firms, which were from North Carolina, Missouri and Colorado, with its “Contractor Safety Awards” on Septmeber 12. The program was developed to promote worker safety and health as core values of the transportation design and construction industry.  Award winners demonstrated a low “OSHA Recordable Rate” as measured against benchmark metrics established by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

ARTBA Foundation selected five finalists based on their achievements as evidenced by recordable rates below the industry average and low workers’ compensation experience modifier rates. The foundation invited representatives from each company to make a presentation before a panel of industry professionals during the ARTBA convention.  Judges evaluated the entries based on corporate safety culture, operational safety plans and worker training programs. 

Awards were presented in three categories, based on the number of employee hours worked during the previous year. Sharpe Bros. from Greensboro, North Carolina, received the award in the “500,000 or fewer hours” category; Herzog Contracting from St. Joseph, Missouri, received the award in the “500,001 to 1,000,000 hours” category; and CH2M Hill from Englewood, Colorado, received the award in the “More than 1 million hours” category.

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