Feb 20, 2014

ACPA Honors Safest Concrete Pipe Plants, Companies

National awards recognize excellence in workplace safety

American Concrete Pipe Association chairman's safety awards

To underscore the industry’s commitment to continuous safety improvements, the American Concrete Pipe Assn. (ACPA) established its Chairman’s Safety Awards, which recognize individual plants and/or companies that have implemented successful safety initiatives resulting in a safer and more productive workplace. This is the 13th year of the awards program.

The ACPA recognized the winners during a special awards luncheon and ceremony at its annual Pipe School held in Houston Feb. 11 to 14, 2014. 

The 2013 Chairman’s Safety Award Overall Winner is Rinker Materials-Concrete Pipe Div. in Fort Myers, Fla., which earned the distinction for its development of a D-Load Cradle. The plant received a $1,000 check to be distributed to key employees,along with a large trophy that it may keep on-site until next year’s winner is announced.

Rinker’s Fort Myers plant also won first place in the Equipment-Related Category. Second place went to Hanson Pipe & Precast in Jersey Village, Texas, for its Diamond Plate Work Platform. Cretex Concrete Products in Casper, Wyo., took third place for its Cage Guider.

Winners in the Individual Location category were Cretex Concrete Products in Elk River, Minn., (first place – Straddle Crane Camera), Oldcastle Precast in Folsom, N.J. (second place – Core Drilling Stand and Guard) and Rinker Materials-Concrete Pipe Div. in Diamond, Ohio (third place – Lifting Chain Rack).

The first place winner in the Company-Wide category was Rinker Materials-Concrete Pipe Div. in Houston for its Make Good Choices – Brother’s Keeper Campaign.

“Every year since we began these awards, we’ve been impressed by the creativity and ingenuity of the individuals and teams throughout ourindustry,” said Bill Adams, ACPA chairman of the board and chairman of Hancock Concrete Products. “It’s a testament to the culture of safety that exists throughout our member companies, where workers and managers are encouraged to advance their ideas and see them through to a potentially award-winning conclusion.”