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Four Safway Crews Receive Merit Safety Awards from American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) Association


Recognition for Zero Recordables at Refinery Jobsites

Waukesha, Wis. - May 28, 2014 – This year, during the National Occupational and Process Safety Conference, May 14 and 15, four Safway Group refinery crews were presented with the Merit Safety Award from the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) association. The AFPM association awards program was developed by the trade association’s health and safety committee to promote safe work practices in the refining and petrochemical manufacturing industries, and among as the contractors supporting them.

The four Safway Group refinery crews that received this award are:

Valero Benicia Refinery, Benicia, Calif. - worked 50,581 hours with zero recordables.
Phillips 66 Alliance Refinery, Belle Chase, La. - worked 158,899 hours with zero recordables.
Tesoro Refinery, Bellingham, Wash. - worked 105,000 hours with zero recordables.
BP Cherry Point Refinery, Blaine, Wash. - worked 160,000 hours with zero recordables.

In order to receive this safety award work crews had to accomplish an employee total recordable incident rate of 0.6 or less at their worksite for the entire calendar year 2013. In addition, there could be no Process Safety Event (PSE) that resulted in days away from work, a restricted/transferred crew member, fatality of a third-party or officially declared community evacuation or shelter-in-place.

“We are really proud of this accomplishment,” says Gary Duncan, west division president. “Over the past year Safway has reduced its recordable injuries in U.S. refineries by more than 70%. These awards recognize our outstanding refinery crews and their dedication to safety.”

“All accidents are preventable,” adds Jeff McDermott, project manager for Valero Benicia Refinery. “By emphasizing the importance of the Jobsite Hazard Analysis as the first and most important tool, we have raised a heightened focus on hazard prevention. We also host frequent in-house audits and provide constant feedback to our workforce. This ensures the established safety process remains functioning at a high level. Employee involvement and commitment to this process are crucial to our safety success. As a result of our safety and communication efforts, we have empowered our crews to provide a safe work environment for themselves, and those that work around them. “Making safety the number one priority, working together as a team, and instilling good communication has helped these four refinery crews accomplish their goal of working through the year with no recordable incidents, earning them these awards. Keep up the great work guys!” he said.

About Safway Group

With over 90 locations across North America and a growing system of distributors worldwide, Safway Group companies deliver efficient, high-performance multiservice solutions – The Smart Way™ – by collaborating, communicating and sharing resources. Offering experience and expertise in access, scaffolding, insulation, fireproofing, surface preparation and coatings, Safway Group companies include CL Coatings; Industrial Coatings and Fireproofing (ICF); Redi Insulation; Safway Atlantic; Safway Services; Safway Services Canada; and Swing Staging. With the largest engineering staff, an exclusive project management system, award-winning safety excellence and a full line of products and services, Safway Group companies design and implement innovative, quality solutions at the lowest installed cost for projects of any size and scope. Safway has been an industry leader since 1936. Safway Group companies serve the petrochemical, oil and gas, power, refining, marine, manufacturing, transportation and commercial construction industries worldwide.

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