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Safway Services Laurel Branch Receives Safety Training and Evaluation Process (STEP) Award and Chapter Safety Award


Recognition for Zero Recordables in 2013

Waukesha, WI – July 2, 2014 – In recognition for achieving zero Occupational Health and Safety Association (OSHA) recordables in 2013, the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) has awarded the Safway Services Laurel Branch a gold-level Safety Training and Evaluation Process (STEP) Award, the highest possible distinction for first year applicants. The award was formally presented to the Laurel Branch in two ceremonies; one held at the ABC Baltimore Chapter on April 30, 2014, and the other at the ABC Metro Washington D.C. Chapter on June 4. Laurel is active in both chapters, and Kim LiPira, the Laurel Branch market development manager, accepted the award on behalf of the company.

“Receiving a STEP Award is a team accomplishment,” said Don Allen, Laurel Branch manager. “Regional Safety Manager Tim Miller, Dallas Luttrell, our construction manager, and Mike Earle, our operations manager, are continuously teaching, correcting and monitoring best practices. But ultimately, the foremen and supervisors in the field deserve the credit for owning our safety culture and disseminating the 10 Life-Saving Rules throughout their crews.”

Miller agrees. “Although we had to have numerous safety and health programs in place to win this award, the Safway Laurel Branch foremen, Faustino Alvardo, Jose Diaz, Rutilio Leon, Louis Rivas and Jose Rosales, along with supervisors Robert Aikens, Lisandro Arriola, Michael Bethea, Nassin Frias, Demetrio Garcia, Kevin Jenkins, Cesar Montilla and Jose Umana are the ones who are really responsible for this accomplishment.”

“Every day we need everyone, on every jobsite and in every workplace, to get involved and practice good safety,” adds Paul Amedee, vice president of Safway. “Safety is everyone’s responsibility.”

Safway has established 10 Life-Saving Rules along with a Stop Work policy to ensure that every employee understands that their actions are critical to ensuring safety throughout the thousands of jobsites across North America. Safway Group is also partnering with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and The Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR) on a national initiative to prevent falls, the leading cause of work-related injury and deaths.

In addition to the STEP award, the Safway Services Laurel Branch received the ABC Metro-Washington D.C. Chapter’s Safety Award for meritorious safety performance in 2013 in the specialty category, 160,000 – 319,000 man hours.

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 Safway Services; Safway Services Canada; Redi Solutions; CL Coatings; Industrial Coatings & Fireproofing; S&E Bridge and Scaffold; Swing Staging and Safway Atlantic. 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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