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The annual National Precast Concrete Association (NPCA) Awards program honors plants that make safety a top priority. The 2011 awards program (based on the 2010 calendar year) drew 150 entrants, representing more than 10.3 million manhours of labor in precast concrete plants. The average incident rate among all precast concrete plants is 5.4, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, while the rate is 4.3 among NPCA members, a 21% improvement. Winners were honored during NPCA's Salute to Excellence event held in conjunction with The Precast Show in February. For more, visit www.precast.org.

Platinum Safety Awards (Zero Lost-time Accidents)

More than 120,001 hours

    Oldcastle Precast Inc. | Telford, Pa.

60,001 – 120,000 hours

    Gainey's Concrete Products Inc. | Holden, La.

    Hanson Pipe & Precast | Richmond, Va.

    Oldcastle Precast Inc. | Nampa, Idaho; Topeka, Kan.; Wilsonville, Ore.; Brookshire, Houston, Texas

    Scituate Precast | Marshfield, Mass.

    Wieser Concrete Products Inc. | Maiden Rock, Wis.

0 – 60,000 hours

    E.C. Babbert Inc. | Canal Winchester, Ohio (Lancaster plant)

    Concrete Step Units Inc. | Scranton, Pa.

    Firebaugh Precast Inc. | Dacono, Colo.

    Goldens Bridge Unit Step Co. | Carmel, N.Y.

    Hanson Pipe & Precast | Birmingham, Mobile, Montgomery, Tuscaloosa, Ala.; Wauregan, Conn.; Deland, Gretna, Fla.; LaPlace, La.; Tualatin, Ore.; San Antonio; Salem, Va.

    Oldcastle Precast Inc. | Littleton, Colo.; Marianna, Medley, Jacksonville, Fla.; Eastanoellee, Newnan, Pemproke, Tucker, Ga.; Hartford City, Ind.; San Antonio

    Precast Specialties Corp. | Abington, Mass.

    Sherman-Dixie Concrete Industries Inc. | Dayton, Ohio

    U.S. Concrete Precast Group | Livermore, Calif. (Pleasanton plant)

    Vaughn Concrete Products | Cheyenne, Wyo.

    Wieser Concrete Products | Fond du Lac, Portage, Wis.

Gold Safety Awards

More than 120,001 hours

    Oldcastle Precast Inc. | Auburn, Wash.

60,0001-120,000 hours

    Hanson Pipe & Precast | Houston

0-60,000 hours

    Oldcastle Precast Inc. | Concord, N.C.

Silver Safety Awards

More than 120,001 hours

    Concrete Systems Inc. | Hudson, N.H.

60,001-120,000 hours

    Oldcastle Precast Inc. | Pleasanton, Calif.; Fredericksburg, Va.

0-60,000 hours

    S&M Precast | Henryville, Ind.

Bronze Safety Awards

    More than 120,001 hours

    Oldcastle Precast Inc. | Ogden Utah

0-60,000 hours

    Oldcastle Precast Inc. | Riverside Calif.

Most Improved Awards

More than 120,000 hours

    Oldcastle Precast Inc. | Auburn, Wash.

60,001-120,000 hours

    Hanson Pipe & Precast | Richmond, Va.

0-60,000 hours

    E.C. Babbert Inc. | Canal Winchester, Ohio