(WASHINGTON)—Transportation construction companies from Virginia, Missouri and Tennessee were recognized for their outstanding corporate worker safety programs during the 2014 American Road & Transportation Builders Association’s (ARTBA) National Convention, held earlier this month in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.
Winning firms were the top honorees of ARTBA’s Transportation Development Foundation’s (TDF) annual “Contractor Safety Awards,” a program 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.
Six finalists were selected based on their achievements as evidenced by recordable rates below the industry average and low workers’ compensation experience modifier rates. Representatives from each company were invited 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:
- 500,000 or fewer hours: Seaboard Foundations, Inc., Blountville, Tenn.
- 500,001 to 1,000,000 hours: Herzog Contracting Corp., St. Joseph, Mo.
- More than 1 million hours: Fluor-Lane 95, Springfield, Va.
Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2015, the ARTBA Foundation is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt entity to support research, education and public awareness. It supports an array of initiatives, including educational scholarships, awards programs, a national exhibition on transportation and a facility dedicated to improving safety in roadway construction zones.