August 20, 2009
On Sept. 1, the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA) will begin accepting entries and nominations for its awards recognizing excellence in safety and health. Participation is critical if your company would like to showcase its leadership in these critically important areas. As the public becomes more concerned with the performance of companies in safeguarding their workers, it’s more important than ever that the aggregates industry’s best performers showcase their commitment to safety and health. For this reason, your company should review the range of recognition options below and get involved. Presentation of awards will take place at the industry’s annual convention scheduled for Feb. 15-18 in Cincinnati.
Safety Excellence Awards
The Safety Excellence Awards, originated in 1987, are presented based on the ability of an individual mine site to maintain a safe workplace, evidenced by its safety performance over a consecutive period of time without a Mine Safety & Health Administration (MSHA) reportable injury.
The Sterling Safety Award, created in 1994, recognizes individual companies’ safety performances. The individual producer company that achieves the lowest total incidence rate for the previous calendar year (in its respective category) will receive top honors. In the event of a tie, competitors’ total incident rates in preceding, consecutive years are compared until the best incidence rate is identified.
James M. Christie Safety and Health Professional Award
The James M. Christie Safety and Health Professional Award, created in 1987, affords national recognition to one individual for superior and substantial contributions to his or her company’s – and the industry’s – effort toward proactive safe operating practices. This competition is open to any member safety and health professional with direct responsibility for the establishment, administration, implementation, and/or enforcement of corporate safety and health policy, who:
• Has also made significant contributions to the industry’s safety and health responsiveness;
• Is actively involved in either NSSGA’s or a state safety and health program; and
• Has direct, day-to-day involvement in his or her own company’s safety and health affairs.