ALEXANDRIA, VA., Feb. 8, 2017 — The National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA) announced the recipients of this year’s Safety Excellence and Sterling Safety Awards.
“The aggregates industry is committed to developing and upholding a culture of safety at quarries across the nation. We are proud to recognize these outstanding operations for working diligently to ensure that all of their staff makes it home at the end of their shift,” said Michael W. Johnson, NSSGA president and CEO.
The stone, sand and gravel sector has seen the lowest injury rate in history, with just 2 injuries per 200,000 hours worked in 2015. The milestone also marked the 15th consecutive year that the industry saw fewer injuries than the previous year.
The Safety Excellence Program was created in 1987 to promote safe working conditions and practices and to recognize, on an annual basis, individual operations with exemplary safety records among NSSGA member companies. The awards recognize individual operations that have gone the longest duration without a reportable injury in their size category, based on data provided by the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration.
Safety Excellence Gold Award Recipients
|Tilcon Connecticut Inc., Southington Sand and Pit||Oldcastle, Inc.||Small||New Britain, Conn.|
|Abilene Blacklease Quarry||Vulcan Materials Company||Medium||Vestavia, Ala.|
|Dalton Quarry||Vulcan Materials Company||Large||Jacksonville, Fla.|
The Sterling Safety Award was created in 1994 to recognize the companies that have the lowest total accident incidence rate for the previous year (2016) in their category among NSSGA members. Data on which the award is based is provided by MSHA.
Sterling Safety Gold Award Recipients
|Iddings Quarry, Inc.||Small||Mifflinburg, Pa.|
|Wiregrass Construction Company, Inc.||Medium||Dothan, Ala.|
|Specialty Granules Inc.||Large||Hagerstown, Md.|
NSSGA’s annual awards program recognizes aggregates operations throughout the United States for their remarkable commitment to safety, their continuous performance of safe environmental practices and for their efforts and activities that have enhanced the image of the industry. The Environmental Excellence Awards and Grassroots Awards will be presented at the association’s new Legislative and Policy Forum/Fall Board Meeting later this year. A full list of Gold, Silver and Bronze award recipients can be found here.