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:
- Senior Management Ownership and Participation
- Risk Identification and Analysis
- Task Design – Engineering Controls for Safety
- Safe Work Methods (Planning and Validation of)
- Worker Engagement, Involvement, and Participation
- Safety Training and Validation of Training
- Subcontractor Management
- 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.
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.
Congrats to the winners of these Awards and the employees who have returned home healthy each night because of their efforts.