(WASHINGTON)—Transportation construction companies from three states were recognized for their outstanding employee safety programs during the American Road & Transportation Builders Association’s (ARTBA) National Convention in Savannah, Ga. The awards were presented during a Sept. 23 luncheon hosted by ARTBA’s Foundation.
The annual “Contractor Safety Awards” were created to promote worker safety and health as core values of the transportation design and construction industry. Finalists were selected based on objective information provided to ARTBA that demonstrated outstanding safety performance. Judges chose two finalists in each of three categories, based on employee hours worked during the previous year, to compete for the award during the association’s meeting.
Representatives from each company made presentations at the convention to a panel of industry professionals. Winners were selected based on demonstration of key principles of safety excellence including management commitment, employee participation, incident investigation, auditing, planning and risk assessment. Awards were presented as follows:
- Less than 500,000 hours
First Place: OMNI Engineering, Omaha, Neb.
- 500,000 to 1 million hours
First Place – Barriere Construction Company, LLC, Metarie, La.
- More than 1 million hours
First Place: Superior Construction, Jacksonville, Fla.
Since 1985, the ARTBA Foundation, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt entity, has worked to “promote research, education and public awareness” about the impacts of transportation investment. The Foundation supports an array of initiatives, including educational scholarships, awards, professional development academies, a transportation project safety certification program, roadway work zone safety and training programs, cutting-edge economic reports and an exhibition on transportation at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.