January 20, 2010
ALEXANDRIA, VA., Jan 20 — The National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA) named Cheryl Suzio, vice president for safety at York Hill Trap Rock Quarry Company, Meriden, Conn., as its 2009 James M. Christie Safety & Health Professional. The James M. Christie Safety and Health Professional of the Year award was created in 1987 to provide national recognition to an individual who has made superior and substantial contributions to his or her company’s — and the industry’s — efforts toward proactive safe operating practices. The award presentation is scheduled as part of NSSGA’s annual Honors Awards Ceremony on Feb. 15 at the start of NSSGA’s 2010 Annual Convention in Cincinnati, Ohio.
According to the NSSGA, Suzio has been instrumental in leading efforts to reduce injuries and illnesses, which have played a critical role in driving down the incidence rate in the aggregates industry to a record low. Since 1995, York Hill has had zero recordable injuries among workers. In addition, in this period, the company’s executive and workforce commitment, as well as strong safety and health programs, reduced the number of MSHA citations to just 3.5 citations per year.
Suzio has also played a leading role in her industry at the state and national levels. At the Connecticut Construction Industries Association, she established various safety committees and helped initiate the CCIA’s program for recognizing safety excellence. Nationally, Suzio has long been an NSSGA advisor on safety and health issues, at various times chairing the Safety and Health Committee, chairing NSSGA’s Division of Environment, Safety and Health, and serving on the association’s task force on regulatory affairs. Additionally, she has worked as a member of the committee of the MSHA-NSSGA Alliance for education and training, and worked successfully with MSHA to secure federal funding for MSHA refresher training. Suzio has worked with the entire senior leadership of the industry as a member of the NSSGA Board of Directors and Executive Committee.
“Cheryl’s diligent work to boost safety for all is a great example of the aggregates industry’s commitment to worker safety celebrated by the James M. Christie Award,” said NSSGA President and CEO Joy Wilson in a NSSGA press release. “Cheryl has made a substantial impact not only on her company and workforce, but on workers and companies in the state of Connecticut and throughout the United States. “
Anne Kelhart, director of Safety and Human Resources for Martin Stone Quarries and current chair of NSSGA’s Safety & Health committee added, “Cheryl’s achievements stand as a clear illustration of our industry’s commitment to creatively and diligently work to eliminate injuries and fatalities in support of one of NSSGA’s most important guiding principles: preventing all occupational injuries and illnesses.”