(WASHINGTON)—Transportation construction companies from Virginia, Michigan and Florida were recognized for their outstanding corporate worker safety programs at the 2015 American Road & Transportation Builders Association’s (ARTBA) National Convention in Philadelphia. An awards ceremony took place during a Sept. 30 luncheon.
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.
Finalists were selected based on their achievements, as evidenced by recordable rates below the industry average. Representatives from each company were invited to make a presentation before a panel of industry professionals during the association’s convention. An ARTBA member panel of 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: Hardman Construction, Ludington, Michigan
- 500,001 to 800,000 hours: Branch Highways, Inc., Roanoke, Virginia
- 800,000 or more: Superior Construction Company Southeast, Jacksonville, Florida
Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2015, the ARTBA Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt entity created to “promote research, education and public awareness.” It supports an array of initiatives, including educational scholarships, awards, executive education seminars, roadway work zone safety and training programs, special economic reports and a national exhibition on transportation at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.