Want to See Real World Safety Efforts? Check Out the Willis Towers – AGC Construction Safety Excellence Awards.

There are many worthwhile safety awards such as OSHA’s VPP site, EHS Today “America’s Safest Companies Award,” and numerous trade groups’ awards based heavily on injury date, but none impresses me as much as the Willis Towers – AGC Construction Safety Excellence Awards (CSEA).

.Competitors don’t receive an Atta boy from OSHA or an ISNetworld or other rating service award. They win the admiration of savvy safety-conscious construction employers throughout the U.S. Employers often spend years competing for this award. They apply, learn from their loss, and make further improvements. Safety becomes a passion with management and employees. Construction folks like to compete and win.

I’ve attended some of the final judging where the CEOs and their Safety Directors make a presentation, and I’m impressed. No smoke and mirrors, just practical strategies supported by management and embraced by employees.

I’ll paste Judge Mike Fredebiel’s introduction of this year’s awards when he shared them with our AGC-National Safety Committee (my favorite safety group):

I am pleased to send you this year’s Construction Safety Management Best Practices. Willis Towers Watson produces this thorough document in collaboration with the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC). The publication is produced as part of the annual National Construction Safety Excellence Awards. ….

It’s been my honor to be a judge for the awards, and for the sixth year in a row assemble this document with my fellow judges. In the process we look at eight categories:

  1. Senior Management Ownership and Participation
  2.     Risk Identification and Analysis
  3. Task Design – Engineering Controls for Safety
  4. Safe Work Methods (Planning and Validation of)
  5. Worker Engagement, Involvement, and Participation
  6. Safety Training and Validation of Training
  7. Subcontractor Management
  8. 911 – Emergency and Crisis Management

I have written numerous times about these awards, but this year I’ll let Mike’s Summary document speak for itself. View this Booklet as an old time Morrison Cafeteria’s line … or for the more sophisticated, a smorgasbord … and pick something from one of these categories and try it out.

2018 Willis Towers – AGC CSEA Summary.

I also encourage you tom peruse some of these past years’ summaries. One could teach a semester-long course on the ideas and strategies in these summaries.


2015 –  https://www.fisherphillips.com/assets/htmldocuments/2015%20Willis-AGC%20CSEA%20Safety%20Management%20Showcase%20Final%20002.pdf

2016 –  https://www.fisherphillips.com/assets/htmldocuments/2016%20AGC-Willis%20Towers%20Watson%20CSEA%20Safety%20Management%20Showcase.pdf


Congrats to the winners of these Awards and the employees who have returned home healthy each night because of their efforts.


About mavity2012

I am a Senior Partner operating out of the Atlanta office of Fisher & Phillips LLP, one of the Nation’s oldest and largest management employment and labor firms. My practice is national and keeps me on the road or in one of our 28 offices about 50 percent of the time. I created and co-chair the Firm's Workplace Safety and Catastrophe Management Practice Group. I have almost 29 years of experience as a labor lawyer, but rely even more heavily on the experience I gained in working in my family's various businesses, and through dealing with practical client issues. Employers tell me that they seldom meet an attorney who delivers on his promise to provide practical guidance and to be a business partner. As a result, some executives probably use different terms than “practical” to describe my fellow travelers in the profession. I don't enjoy the luxury of being impractical because I spend much of my time on shop floors and construction sites dealing with safety, union and related issues which are driven by real world processes and the need to protect and get the most out of one's most important business assets ... its employees. That's one of the reasons that I view safety compliance as a way to also manage problem employees, reduce litigation and develop the type of work environment that makes unions unnecessary. Starting out dealing with union-management challenges and a stint in the NLRB have better equipped me to see the interrelationship of legal and workplace factors. I am proud also of my experience at Fisher & Phillips, where providing “practical advice” is second only to legal excellence among the Firm’s values. Our website lists me as having provided counsel for over 225 occasions of union activity, guided unionized companies, and as having managed approximately 450 OSHA fatality cases in construction and general industry, ranging from dust explosions to building collapses, in virtually every state. I have coordinated complex inspections involving multi-employer sites, corporate-wide compliance, and issues involving criminal referral. As a full labor lawyer, I oversee audits of corporate labor, HR, and safety compliance. I have responded to virtually every type of day-to-day workplace inquiry, and have handled cases before the EEOC, OFCCP, NLRB, and numerous other state and federal agencies. At F & P, all of us seek to spot issues and then rely upon attorneys in the Firm who concentrate on those areas. No tunnel vision. I teach or speak around 50 times per year to business associations, bar and professional groups, and to individual businesses. I serve on safety committees at three states’ AGC Chapters, teach at the AGC ASMTC
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