View the 2008 Excellence in Safety Award Winners:
The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA) Safety Contest aims to foster safe practices at ready-mixed concrete plants across the nation. It is now NRMCA's most popular award recognition program.
The program is designed to be simple, while providing meaningful and fair criteria to recognize individual plants for their commitment to safety as evidenced by their record. The secondary goal is to gather thorough, accurate accident statistics. The data establishes industry benchmarks for safe operations. The 2008 Safety Contest is open to all plants operated by NRMCA member companies. THE CONCRETE PRODUCER co-sponsors the contest.
The association strictly keeps all data confidential. After verification of all data entry and calculations, NRMCA destroys the entry forms and specific company information once a final report has been drafted.
A change in the qualifications for categories was incorporated into the 2008 Safety Contest. Previously, each category was based on the number of ready mixed concrete trucks that were stationed at each plant. In today's industry, unlike just a few years ago, it is very common, if not the norm, to have trucks that service two, three, or more plants.
Previously, the survey instructed producers to estimate the percentage of their fleet that could be theoretically assigned to a particular plant or if the number of trucks fluctuated significantly, the average number was used. To promote fairness, the category definition was changed to number of cubic yards produced annually at a given plant. The plants are divided into three categories:
Basis for winning entries
The following information was solicited on the entry form:
A safety score was calculated from these factors. The safety score or Accident Frequency Rate (AFR) is the sum of one, plus lost time accidents, DOT Reportable Accidents, and Fatalities divided by Concrete Shipped in 100,000-yard increments.
An Excellence in Safety certificate is awarded to plants that are equal to or above the 70th percentile in each category. Also, to not give unfair disadvantage to plants with no accidents in 2007 yet scored lower than the 70th percentile because they produce less concrete within a particular category, an Excellence in Safety certificate was awarded.
The report was prepared by Steve Jones, Chandler Concrete, OES Safety Task Group Chairman; Terry Green, U.S. Concrete, OES Committee Chairman; David Ayers, NRMCA; and Gary Mullings, NRMCA. For more, visit www.nrmca.org. Also, visit www.theconcreteproducer.com for the Results Summary and Trends Table.