Three of four transportation design and construction firms recognized nationally this month by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) are Idaho companies working on ITD projects.
The companies were recognized Oct. 7 for their outstanding worker safety programs. Awards were presented during the 2009 the organization’s National Convention in Charleston, S.C. Winning firms were the top honorees of the ARTBA-Transportation Development Foundation/CNA “Contractor Safety Award.”
Awards were presented in three categories, based on the number of employee hours worked during the previous year: 1,000,001 or more; 500,001-1,000,000; and 500,000 or fewer.
Idaho Sand & Gravel Company, a division of Staker-Parsons/Oldcastle, of Nampa received recognition in the 500,000 or fewer hours.
CH2M HILL Construction, based in Englewood, Colo. and URS Washington Division-Infrastructure Business Group, located in Boise, shared honors in the category for more than one million hours.
CNA, a leading national insurance firm, and the ARTBA Foundation, developed the program to promote worker safety and health as core values of the transportation design and construction industry. Award winners demonstrated a low “OSHA Recordable Rate” as measured against benchmark metrics established by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Seven finalists were selected based on their achievements as evidenced by recordable rates below the industry average. Finalists were invited to make a presentation before a panel of industry professionals who judged programs based on corporate safety culture, operational safety plans and worker training programs.