AGC of Colorado Honors Members’ Commitments to Workplace Safety & Environmental Excellence

Yvette Pentland, business director for Construction and Natural Resources at Pinnacol Assurance, presented Michael Gifford, president & CEO of AGC of Colorado, with a $435,293 check in dividends to participants of their safety group program to assist with safety training and education efforts (Photo: The Unfound Door).

The Associated General Contractors of Colorado (AGC/C) honored its members’ commitments to workplace safety and environmental excellence at the 32nd annual Safety & Environmental Awards last month at The Westin Westminster. In correlation with the national construction Safety Week that takes place each May, this event attracted more than 330 construction industry professionals and guests to recognize winners in three different categories of awards that were presented to local general contractors and specialty contractors.

“Our members understand the importance of a strong commitment to safety culture and environmental awareness in construction, where job-sites are constantly evolving, and new hazards emerge almost daily,” commented Michael Gifford, president and CEO of AGC/C. “Although we formally recognize their efforts only once a year, we honor their daily dedication to send each employee home safe every day.”

Brad Gassman, AGC/C’s Safety and Environmental director, presented the awards and introduced representatives from the various programs to provide the latest safety and environmental updates to attendees. The first award category recognized firms in the Colorado Stormwater Excellence Program (CSEP), which is the first regulatory agency-recognized, self-policing stormwater compliance management program in the nation. Companies are ranked as either Participating or Qualified, based on performance data. AGC/C’s latest Participating companies moved to Qualified status in February 2019. Adolfson & Peterson Construction, The Beck Group, Brinkman Construction, Fiore and Sons, Inc., Fransen Pittman General Contractors, GH Phipps Construction Companies, Golden Triangle Construction, Inc., Haselden Construction, LLC, Hyder Construction, Inc, Milender White Construction Co.., PCL Construction, Swinerton Builders, and Waner Construction Co, Inc. were all honored as Qualified Companies. Maura McGovern, Unit Manager of the Clean Water Compliance Unit of the Water Quality Control Division, was present to provide CSEP updates.

The Construction Health and Safety Excellence (CHASE) awards recognized firms at the Red, White and Blue levels based on the culture derived from their safety and health programs, maturity of training plans, employee engagement and continuous improvement techniques. Ammex Masonry, Inc. and Belair Sitework Services received Red-level recognition.  ADK Electric Corp., Adolfson & Peterson Construction, Brinkman Construction, Fransen Pittman General Contractors, GH Phipps Construction Companies, Greiner Electric, PCL Construction, Q3 Contracting and Saunders Construction were honored at the White-level. The Beck Group, CFC Construction, Inc., Fiore and Sons, Inc., Glacier Construction Companies, Inc., Hyder Construction, Inc., JHL Constructors, Inc., Kenny Electric Services, Inc., McCarthy Building Companies, Swinerton Builders, and The Weitz Company, LLC received Blue-level recognition. David Nelson, the Englewood Area Director for OSHA, and Todd Flick, an Assistant Area Director in the Denver OSHA office, both addressed the crowd of honorees and represented OSHA’s partnership with AGC/C.

The third category included the National AGC Safety Awards (NASA) program, where AGC members can evaluate their safety record as compared to other national AGC members. AGC/C member average incident of days away from work is 0.17 and is consistently below the AGC of America average incident rates, which is 0.39 for all work divisions.

The Building Contractor members recognized for achieving zero or 25 percent below division lost workday incidence rate in 2018 included: Calcon Constructors, Inc., Fransen Pittman General Contractors, G. H. Phipps Construction Companies, Hensel Phelps, Howell Construction, Hyder Construction, Inc., Saunders Construction, Inc. and Starker Construction Co.

The following AGC of Colorado Specialty Contractor members were recognized for achieving zero or 25 percent below division lost workday incident rate in 2018: Accent Electrical Services, Encore Electric, Inc., Greiner Electric, LLC, Intermountain Electric, Kenny Electric, RK Mechanical and U.S. Engineering Company.

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