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AGC Honors Companies, Individuals in 2017 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 30th Annual Construction Safety Excellence Awards Luncheon in Indian Wells on October 13, 2017. Approximately 100 company executives, safety professionals and AGC members gathered for the prestigious awards presentations held in conjunction with AGC’s 2017 Annual Conference.

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

Drew Aversa, Aversa Strategies, served as keynote speaker for the AGC Construction Safety Excellence Awards luncheon. Aversa spent a decade working as a firefighter/paramedic and then an educator in California. He suffered and fought back from a traumatic, on-the-job injury as a young firefighter, later was recruited to two Fortune 500 companies and went on to found a non-profit to advance needed medical research for first responders’ mental health. Aversa addressed the need for employers to provide social support for employees and create a healthy atmosphere in the workplace. “It is our job to lead,” he commented. “Engaged employees are safe employees, and healthy companies begin with healthy leaders. Focus on reducing stress if you want to see health premiums go down.”

Additional speakers and/or awards presenters included AGC of California President Mike Mencarini, Unger Construction Company; Jennifer Garcia, Reyes Construction, 2017 Chair of the Safety & Health Council and Master of Ceremonies; Richard Howell, Swinerton Builders, 2017 Vice Chair; and Mike Ruzek, Herzog Contracting Corp., 2017 2nd Vice Chair of the Safety & Health Council.
 

2017 AGC Construction Safety Excellence Award Winners

Several individuals and companies received awards in the Additional Award Categories of the Construction Safety Excellence Awards program this year, including the following:

  • Harry Eckstein Safety Professional of the Year Award – Christopher Morgan, Griffith Company
  • Safety on a High Hazard Project – Myers & Sons Construction, LP for Route 101 Calabasas Precast Panel Roadway Rehabilitation project
  • Safety Efforts of a Project Team – Myers & Sons Construction, LP, for Colorado River Aqueduct (CRA) Sand Trap Infrastructure Reconstruction.
  • Individual Safety Effort of a Project Superintendent – Steve Schaefer with Myers & Sons Construction, LP.
  • Unique Safety Application – Myers & Sons Construction, LP for Early Action Barrier System.

Awards were also presented in three occupational categories – Building, Heavy/Civil/Highway and Specialty Contractor – and were organized by the number of work hours completed during 2016. Winners in these categories are outlined below.

AGC of California’s First Place Construction Safety Excellence Award winners include:

  • Building Division Under 300,000 worker hours – Unger Construction Co
  • Heavy/Civil/Highway Division Under 300,000 worker hours – Herzog Contracting Corp
  • Heavy/Civil/Highway Division 300,001-500,000 worker hours – NOVA Group, Inc
  • Specialty Contractor Division Under 500,000 worker hours – Monterey Mechanical Co.
  • Specialty Contractor Division 500,001-1 million worker hours – B.T. Mancini Co., Inc.
  • Specialty Contractor Division Over 1 million worker hours – Underground Construction Company, Inc
  • Heavy/Civil/Highway Division Over 1 million worker hours – Griffith Company
  • Building Division Over 1 million worker hours – Swinerton Builders.

Second Place Construction Safety Excellence Award winners include:

  • Heavy/Civil/Highway Division 300,001-500,000 worker hours – Myers & Sons Construction, LP.
  • Specialty Contractor Division Under 500,000 worker hours – Foundation Constructors, Inc.
  • Building Division Over 1 million worker hours – Hensel Phelps.
  • Heavy/Civil/Highway Division Over 1 million worker hours – Granite Construction Co.
  • Specialty Contractor Division Over 1 million worker hours – Rosendin Electric, Inc.  

Third place Construction Safety Excellence Award winners include:

  • Heavy/Civil/Highway Division Over 1 million worker hours – Flatiron West, Inc.


All finalists in this year’s AGC of California Construction Safety Excellence Awards competition are also eligible to compete in AGC of America’s national Safety Excellence Awards competition, with winners to be announced during the AGC National Convention in New Orleans in March of 2018.

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