CalCima is the state trade association for aggregate, concrete, asphalt, and industrial mineral producers that provide the materials to build roads, bridges, rail, homes, schools, hospitals, and water systems.
The association says the awards acknowledge the work and contributions to safety in regard to leadership, innovation, commitment, and impact beyond the plant.
CalCima CEO Robert Dugan says: “Safety has to be Job No. 1 in our industry. We’re proud to prioritise the safety of our workers, from training and tools, to our operational plans focused to ensure all workers are in a safe environment. We continuously work to improve our methods of communication between workers, inspections around plants and quarries, and review general preventative measures. Likewise, we are proud to honour these teams as shining examples of diligence to embrace the obligation to send every employee home to their families at the end of their shift each day.”
The Excellence in Safety Awards honour different categories of mines and plants, such as aggregate, asphalt and concrete. The winners are:
- Large Aggregate Mine - United Rock’s Irwindale Quarry (Irwindale, CA)
- Small Aggregate Mine - Granite Construction’s Solari Sand & Gravel (Arvin, CA)
- Asphalt Plant - Granite Construction’s Desert Cities Asphalt Plant (Indio, CA)
- Asphalt Plant - Granite Rock Co.’s Peninsula Road Materials (Redwood City, CA)
- Concrete Plant - Granite Rock Co.’s Santa Cruz Concrete (Santa Cruz, CA)
- Special Recognition Award - Martin Marietta’s Tehachapi Cement Plant (Tehachapi, CA)
There are also individual winners who have demonstrated that they prioritise and practice safety every day. They include:
- Outstanding Safety Leadership Award - Stephanie Lovall, A.R. Wilson Quarry Business Manager (Aromas, CA)
- Safety Professional Award - Adam Winter, ES&H Manager, Gillibrand Industrial Sands, Inc. (Simi Valley, CA)
- Safety Professional Award - Daisy Kwan, Safety Engineer, Granite Rock Co. (Watsonville, CA)
A panel of judges from CalCima's safety and health committee choose the winners.
Safety awards judge Terry Tyson of Insight Services and Presentations says: “Safety awards are important to those who embrace their positive safety cultures. They not only value their people, but recognise that paying attention to safety is an important key to business systems. It results in higher safety, less waste, and high employee morale. People want to work for companies that are safe to work at, and that will attract higher quality candidates. We need to care about our people because we don’t hire robots.”