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AGC of California Honors Winners of 2018 Construction Safety Excellence Awards Competition

AGC of California honored California construction companies and individuals for their commitment to safety, handing out a variety of awards during the 31st Annual Construction Safety Excellence Awards (CSEA) luncheon on October 26, 2018. Approximately 140 company executives, safety professionals and AGC members gathered for the prestigious awards presentations held in conjunction with AGC’s 2018 Annual Conference at the Resort at Squaw Creek in Lake Tahoe.

The program recognizes contractors and associated companies for their commitment to safe work practices through management commitment and employee involvement.

Joe Tantarelli, senior safety consultant at SafeStart with a nearly 40-year background in heavy construction work, was the keynote speaker at the AGC CSEA luncheon. For the past five years he has assisted safety directors with management and employee training and has been a popular speaker at various venues including the Army Corps of Engineers Construction Roundtable, the Ohio B.W.C. Safety Expo, and the Kentucky Governor’s Safety and Health Conference, among others.

Tantarelli shared his own compelling story of surviving a near fatal trench collapse accident 35 years ago as a young operating engineer. He highlighted the actions and most crtically, mental and physical states – rushing, frustration, fatigue and complacency – that he said had been aware of, in hindsight, could have helped him avoid the life-altering accident. “My hope is by telling this story nobody takes the chances I did and gets themselves hurt enough to where they and their family have to pay the emotional consequences,” he noted.

Additional speakers and/or awards presenters at this year’s CSEA Awards luncheon included AGC of California President Walt Johnson, K.G. Walters Construction; Richard Howell, Swinerton, Chair of the Safety & Health Council and Master of Ceremonies; Vice Chair Mike Ruzek, Herzog Contracting Corp.; and Jennifer Garcia, Reyes Construction, CSEA Task Force Chair. 

2018 CSEA Specialized Award Categories Winners

Several individuals and companies received awards in the Specialized Award Categories of the CSEA program this year, including the following:

  • Individual Safety Effort of a Project Superintendent – Joe Sorrels with Monterey Mechanical Co.
  • Unique Safety Application – Southland Industries, for their Centralized Nitrogen Room. (ACCO Engineered Systems was recognized as a finalist for their Site Safety Inspection.)
  • Safety on a High Hazard Project – Syblon Reid, for their Oroville Dam Spillway Emergency Response project. (Royal Electric Company was recognized as a finalist for their Oakland Airport Runway 12-30 Rehabilitation project.)

Awards were also presented in three occupational divisions – Building, Heavy/Civil/Highway and Specialty Contractor – and were organized on a sliding scale system by the number of work hours completed during 2017. Winners in these categories are outlined below.

AGC of California’s First Place CSEA winners:

  • Building Division Under 400,000 worker hours – BNBuilders.
  • Heavy/Civil/Highway Division Under 300,000 worker hours – Pulice Construction, Inc.
  • Specialty Contractor Division Under 500,000 worker hours – Monterey Mechanical Co.
  • Building Division Over 1 million worker hours – McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.
  • Heavy/Civil/Highway Division 300,001-600,000 worker hours – NOVA Group, Inc.
  • Specialty Contractor Division 500,001-1 million worker hours – A-C Electric Company.
  • Heavy/Civil/Highway Division 600,001-1 million worker hours – Griffith Company.
  • Specialty Contractor Division Over 1 million worker hours – Rosendin Electric, Inc.
  • Heavy/Civil/Highway Division Over 1 million worker hours – Granite Construction, Inc.

Second Place CSEA winners:

  • Building Division Under 400,000 worker hours – Unger Construction Company.
  • Heavy/Civil/Highway Division Under 300,000 worker hours – Steve P. Rados, Inc.
  • Specialty Contractor Division 500,001-1 million worker hours – Underground Construction Co., Inc.
  • Building Division Over 1 million worker hours – Hensel Phelps.
  • Heavy/Civil/Highway Division 300,001-600,000 worker hours – Skanska USA Civil West, California District.
  • Heavy/Civil/Highway Division 600,001-1 million worker hours – Flatiron West, Inc.
  • Specialty Contractor Division Over 1 million worker hours – Murray Company.

Third place CSEA winners:

  • Building Division Under 400,000 worker hours – Blach Construction Company
  • Heavy/Civil/Highway Division Under 300,000 worker hours – Herzog Contracting Corp.
  • Heavy/Civil/Highway Division 300,001-600,000 worker hours – Myers & Sons Construction, LP.
  • Building Division Over 1 million worker hours – Swinerton.
  • Specialty Contractors Division Over 1 million worker hours – ACCO Engineered Systems.


All finalists in this year’s AGC of California Construction Safety Excellence Awards competition are also eligible to compete in AGC of America’s 20th Annual Construction Safety Excellence Awards competition, with winners to be announced during the AGC of America National Convention April of 2019.

For more information on AGC of California’s annual safety awards program or other AGC safety services, contact  Ryan Samiec at (916) 371-2422.