To recognize companies that strive for safety and the general well-being of their employees, NUCA awards companies with the William H. Feather Safety Award. Who is William H. Feather, you ask? He was the very first chairman of the Safety Committee and widely regarded as the backbone of NUCA’s early safety initiatives. He was honored for his many contributions to the association in 1976 when he was named Ditchdigger of the Year, but his premature passing led NUCA to search for an additional way to commemorate his passion for safety. At NUCA’s 1978 convention in New Orleans, a new award was created to recognize those contractors who exemplify Mr. Feather’s commitment to a safe workplace.
The awards are given to companies based on incidence rate (OSHA 300 log), company safety statement and company safety program information. Participation in NUCA safety programs and activities is also taken into consideration. The 2016 William H. Feather Safety awards were given out at the NUCA Convention in Las Vegas this past March. Check out the recipients over the next two pages.
Team Fishel | Lithonia, Ga.
Safety and teamwork go hand in hand at Team Fishel, as its No. 1 value is to be accident free. The company works toward its vision by empowering its entire workforce to make safe choices, to hold each other accountable for safe behavior and by recognizing and rewarding safe behavior. All of the teammates at Team Fishel are required to have at least 40 hours of job and safety training per year and communicate safety issues on a weekly basis.
500,001-1,000,000 Man Hours
Brad Cole Construction | Carrollton, Ga.
The Carrollton, Ga.-based contractor places the highest value on the safety of its employees. The company says that it maintains a TARGET ZERO philosophy with a goal of zero accidents, injuries, job-related health issues and zero at-risk behaviors on every job. Brad Cole Construction’s safety program involves active participation from everyone, including managers and supervisors, in identifying and eliminating hazards that may develop through the workday.
Pauley Construction | Phoenix
At Pauley Construction, employees automatically accept a moral obligation to see that operations under their care, custody and control are carried out in a safe and efficient manner. According to the company, each employee must not only prevent obvious unsafe acts, but anticipate potential hazards. Employees are also encouraged to demonstrate leadership ability by setting good examples for others. The company further emphasizes the importance of safety through training and retraining its Safety, Health and Environmental Program.
Bradshaw Construction Corp. | Eldersburg, Md.
For more than 30 years, Bradshaw Construction Corp. has strived for the highest levels of both quality and safety when completing projects. According to the company, its safety program was developed to ensure compliance with federal, state and local regulations with a particular emphasis on the OSHA Act of 1970. The 100,001-200,000 man-hour winner says, “Regard for the safety of the general public and our own employees is a responsibility of all levels of our organization. We intend to prevent any human suffering. Accidents, even minor ones, cause pain, both physical and mental. Prevention of injury and illness is a goal well worth achieving.”
0-100,000 Man-Hours (Tie)
Iowa Trenchless | Panora, Iowa
A multiple William H. Feather Award winner, Iowa Trenchless follows a simple and effective approach to safety: Think first, act second and always be prepared. This method allows the company to achieve its goal of completing the day with zero injuries.
0-100,000 Man-Hours (Tie)
Midstate Site Development | Bloomfield, Conn.
Midstate Site Development upholds a strong culture and promotes safe practices through teamwork, organization and communication. The Bloomfield, Conn.-based company maintains a family-like environment where “Everyone looks out for each other.”
Atlas Construction | West Lafayette, Ind.
Barnard Construction Co. Inc. | Bozeman, Mont.
B. Frank Joy LLC | Hyattsville, Md.
Fehlinger Construction Group | Shavertown, Pa.
MAC Construction & Excavating | New Albany, Ind.
Vogel Brothers Building Co. | Lakeland, Fla.