Aggregates operations from around the country are heading to Washington, D.C., this week to advocate for the industry and educate Congress on the many ways that Rocks Build America’s Future. Here are highlights from the first day of the 2019 Legislative & Policy Forum.
Recognizing Outstanding Operations in Washington, D.C.
NSSGA presented the Awards of Community Relations, Environmental and Safety Excellence during the Legislative & Policy Forum. The Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards of Excellence are presented annually to operations that demonstrate remarkable achievements in each category. The Platinum Awards are the highest recognition that a single quarry can receive for community outreach and sustainable practices.
This year, Sullivan Road Gravel Plant, a Central Pre-Mix operation in Spokane Valley, Wash., received the Platinum Award of Excellence for Community Relations. Central Pre-Mix is A CRH Company. Gainesville Quarry, a Lehigh Hanson operation in Gainesville, Ga., received the Platinum Award for Environmental Excellence.
Lifetime Achievement Awards
William “Bill” Childs, IV, CEO of Maryland-based Chaney Enterprises, and Ed Elliott, MSHA senior advisor, were presented with lifetime achievement awards from NSSGA for their outstanding commitment to the industry.
Committing to Seatbelt Safety
NSSGA presented Assistant Secretary of Labor for MSHA David Zatezalo with more than 5,000 signatures of aggregates industry employees who have committed to the “Why risk it? Just click it!” campaign and demonstrating the importance of wearing seat belts on the job. Those that have signed the pledge also received helmet stickers with the campaign logo.
“’Why Risk It? Just Click It!’ is proving to be a wonderful effort that has engaged our members in the issue of safety in a unique way,” said NSSGA President & CEO Michael W. Johnson.
Carmeuse Earns NIOSH Innovation Award
Carmeuse Lime and Stone received the 2019 NIOSH Mine Safety and Health Technology Innovations Award for the stone, sand and gravel sector. The company produced a safety video that featured the true story of one of their employees who recounted a workplace incident to remind others how important safety is in any setting.
Joseph Bourdage, Carmeuse director of safety and health, received the award from Jessica Kogel, Ph.D., NIOSH associate director.
Have You Gotten the Hill Day App?
Meeting with members of Congress is the keystone event at NSSGA’s Legislative & Policy Form. Navigate the Halls of Congress with ease with the Hill Day app on Android or Apple devices from GovPredict. Attendees can check their email for a link to the app.
Once downloaded, you will have to register with the email address used for your event registration. Click here to find step by step instructions on how to download and register for the app. If you need additional assistance with the app, please stop by the NSSGA Registration and Hill Day Information Desk.