A record 420 folks attended the 7th Annual Executive Safety Conference at the Palmer Event Center, with 25 Award Recipients of the first ever Texas Bluebonnet Safety Awards. Eleven were also recognized with the National AGC Safety Award as well.
The theme for this year’s conference was “Mission Zero: Leading the Charge.” Luncheon speakers included AGC President Chad Clark and TxDOT Director of District Operations Randy Hopmann. Presentation of our first Texas Bluebonnet Safety Awards followed immediately after lunch and highlighted--for the first time--exemplary safety programs from both AGC contractor members and TxDOT Districts statewide.
Keynote speaker Jim Bearden, a former Marine rifle company commander and Bronze Star Medal recipient, called upon his 31 years of leadership and experience into what it takes to reach our goal of “Zero Fatalities.” Jim’s candid remarks about a company’s safety culture focused on the difference between what sounds good and what works.
Afterwards, TxDOT Director of Traffic Operations Michael Chacon moderated a distinguished panel of constructors including: Steve Cardwell (Dan Williams Co.), John Roddy (The Lane Construction Corporation), David Walls (Austin Industries), and Stan Swiatek (Waco District Engineer), TxDOT. Each panelist briefly described the characteristics of their safety cultures and their priorities to secure a safe and productive work environment.
All in all, the conference was truly the place to be. Safety is an everyday practice. Jerral Wyer used a quote from the “Babe” in his closing remarks that explains it this way, “The home runs of yesterday don’t win today’s games.”
So, on this day, August 22, 2018, we celebrate the victories of yesterday knowing that tomorrow is a whole new game. Congratulations to all the award winners! Keep up the good work.
Bluebonnet and NASA Award Winners - 25% Below Division Average Incidence Rate
Amarillo District - 25% Below Rural Incidence Rate
Angel Brothers Enterprises, LTD. - 25% Below Division Incidence Rate for National AGC Safety Award Only
Austin Bridge & Road - 25% Below Division Incidence Rate and National AGC Safety Award (NASA)
Ed Bell Construction Company - 25% Below Division Incidence Rate and NASA Award
Flatiron Constructors, Inc. - 25% Below Division Incidence Rate
Houston District - 25% Below Metro Incidence Rate
Hunter Industries, Ltd. - 25% Below Division Incidence Rate and NASA Award
Primoris Heavy Civil-Belton - 25% Below Division Incidence Rate and NASA Award
The Lane Construction Company - 25% Below Division Incidence Rate
The Levy Company, Inc. - 25% Below Division Incidence Rate
Texas Sterling Construction Co. - 25% Below Division Incidence Rate
Webber, LLC - 25% Below Division Incidence Rate and the NASA Award
Zachry Construction Corporation - 25% Below Division Incidence Rate
Balfour Beatty Infrastructure, Inc. - Zero Incidence Rate and the NASA Award
Bryan District - Zero Incidence Rate
Capital Excavation Company - Zero Incidence Rate and the NASA Award
Dan Williams Company - Zero Incidence Rate
IOC Company - Zero Incidence Rate
J.D. Abrams - Zero Incidence Rate and the NASA Award
Kiewit Infrastructure South Co. - Zero Incidence Rate
Lufkin District - Zero Incidence Rate
Pharr District - Zero Incidence Rate
Primoris Heavy Civil Houston - Zero Incidence Rate
Yoakum District - Zero Incidence Rate
Zack Burkett Co. - Zero Incidence Rate and the Nasa Award