United Contractors Magazine July 2022

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CONSTRUCTION

SAFETY

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United Contractors R.E.A.L. Safety Awards Program—Recognizing Excellence, Awareness, and Leadership in safety—is proud to announce our 2021 award winners.

The safety awards program has been developed to highlight the importance of safety in the industry, as well as honor some of the safest contractors in our association. The program is open to all UCON contractor companies. Winners were chosen within eight different categories: man-hours worked in 2021,

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UCON’s R.E.A.L. Safety Awards: Recognizing Excellence, Awareness and Leadership in Safety!

This past year has brought us a lot of fast paced work. 2021 was another busy year for us UCON contractors. Yet, the one constant was yet again the outstanding commitment to safety. Every year has its own unique challenges for us all to overcome. As the UCON Safety & Insurance Committee meets, we have round table discussions where we talk about struggles unique to each of our respective companies. It is interesting to hear how many of us face the same challenges. This past year, we as a committee have discussed countless industry issues. Some of the larger items we focused on as a team re the updates to 811, the constant revisions from OSHA regarding the ETS, and wildfire smoke regulations. We also participated in the Caltrans Safety Summit.

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safety (incident) rating, safety hero of the year, and most unique safety project. The winning organizations are shown on the following pages, where they share their safety philosophy and vision, and the employees who make it happen.

Intro by Robert Sabin, Harbor Linx, Inc. UCON Safety & Insurance Committee Chair

As a committee, we regularly discuss the biggest challenge that we all face as safety professionals— the reality that there is no room for error. In some departments an error can be quickly corrected. A simple backspace, delete or apology can be accepted and that’s the end of it. As a safety professional, a mistake from us can sometimes not be easily undone. An error or the wrong judgement-call could mean someone is injured or doesn’t make it home. We aim to learn through education, training, and strategizing as opposed to learning by making mistakes. These UCON Safety Awards identify the companies that understand this, and help make a difference in the industry. I applaud all of you. We hope you accept this award and proudly display in your offices.