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Civils Southeast Region Honored with Seven Prestigious Safety Awards
May 23, 2019
Balfour Beatty’s US Civils Southeast Region was recognized at the North Carolina Department of Labor (NCDOL) 2019 Safety Awards banquet with seven Gold Awards. Six of the seven projects recognized were honored for consecutive years—a reflection of the Southeast Region’s longstanding commitment to Zero Harm which has culminated in three million work hours without a lost time incident. North Carolina Commissioner of Labor Cherie Berry presented the awards:
“It is very rewarding to be recognized by the North Carolina Department of Labor for the efforts our teams are making to keep our people safe,” says Mark Johnnie, vice president and southeast region manager. “When we became a NCDOL Building Star contractor, we made a commitment to stand out as an industry leader in safety, and these awards are an affirmation of that commitment. Zero Harm is absolutely achievable.”
The NCDOL Safety Awards Program recognizes private and public firms that achieve and maintain positive safety records. This program is designed to stimulate interest in accident prevention and to promote safety in the workplace by providing an incentive to employers and employees to maintain a safe and healthful workplace.
To qualify for an award, a firm must have no fatalities during the calendar year at the site or location for which the award was given and have maintained an incident rate at least 50 percent below the average for its industry group.
A Gold Award is the most prestigious and difficult to obtain, as it is based on is based on the days away, restricted, transferred (DART) rate.
“We take injuries very seriously and work hard to ensure everyone who touches our projects goes home safely to their families every day,” says Eric Yates, southeast region environment, health and safety manager.
At the end of June 2019, the Southeast Region will have achieved four years without a lost time accident.