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2018 Safety Excellence Awards

Dear WEDA Members,  

We invite you to nominate for the annual WEDA Safety Excellence Awards individual organizations or project teams whose exceptional safety performance exhibits a proactive approach to raising safety awareness in the dredging workplace.

One award will be present in of the following categories:

Applications must be submitted to Julie Hile by April 30, 2018.

Nominations will be accepted in PDF format at hgoffice@hilegroup.com. Please contact Julie by email or phone with questions or requests for clarification.

Julie Hile, WEDA Safety Commission Chair, 309-888-4453

Be aware that Safety Award winners are asked to register and attend the Dredging Summit & Expo to participate on the Safety Panel and receive the award in person. The 2018 Summit will be held June 25-28, 2018, in Norfolk, Virginia. The theme for this year’s Summit & Expo is “Navigating the Future in Dredging”.

For additional information, please see the WEDA Safety Award Criteria below. Best Regards,

~ The WEDA Safety Commission

Safety Excellence Awards

History
During the last decade, workplace safety has gained prominence in the dredging industry at large and within the Western Dredging Association (WEDA). In 2008, the WEDA Board of Directors authorized the creation of the WEDA Annual Safety Award. By 2010, our yearly Dredging Summit & Expo included Technical Papers specific to Safety, and in 2014 we led our first Safety Panel discussion, which was lively and well-attended. Today, we continue to encourage papers about Safety, and we observe that many papers in other Technical areas reflect the integration of safety into dredging operation’s priorities and processes.

Objective
The 2018 WEDA Safety Awards will recognize projects for their outstanding contribution to meeting the goals of WEDA, which include:

Promote communications and understanding of safety issues aimed at reducing or eliminating personnel injuries/fatalities and equipment damages, which contribute materially to hazards throughout the dredging industry.

Eligibility
Eligible applicants may include dredging contractors, suppliers and manufacturers, government entities, consultants, academics, and any combination or subset thereof. 
Applicants must:

  • Be WEDA members in good standing.
  • Operate within the Western Hemisphere, WEDA’s jurisdiction.
  • Have a 2017 Total Recordable Injury Rate of 2.0 or below.
  • Have a continuous downward trend in Recordable Incidents for 2015-2017.

The Application
Of great interest to the Safety Commission are those entities who have achieved a major milestone that advances safety in their organization, and/or the dredging industry and offers insights and safety strategies that can be used to improve WEDA members’ safety performance.

The application must include:

  1. A narrative describing the contractor’s safety journey, its challenges and unique success strategies.
  2. An overview of the company’s Safety Management System (SMS) and other noteworthy support processes.
  3. Leading indicators of safety success (actions taken to ensure safe work) such as near miss/good catch rates, training records, safety STOP rates, records of safety contacts among company employees at all levels, or quality checks on Job Safety Analysis.
  4. Total Recordable Injury and Lost Time Injury Rates for 2015-2017.
  5. Two (2) safety improvement strategies or tools to be shared during the WEDA Summit and Expo Safety Panel.
  6. A closing reflection about what the contractor’s safety accomplishments offer WEDA colleagues, including 2 safety improvement strategies or tools to be shared during the conference Safety Panel.

Optional: Encouraged but not required are up to 3 personal letters of endorsement from company executives, safety professionals, and field safe operations leaders detailing their take on the company’s safety successes. 

Submittals
Nominations must be submitted to WEDA's Safety Commission Chair, Julie Hile by April 30, 2018.
Julie Hile, President
Hile Group Inc.
309-888-4453
hgoffice@hilegroup.com 

Nominations will be accepted in PDF format at hgoffice@hilegroup.com. Please contact Julie by email or phone with questions or requests for clarification.   

Print Dredging Contractor Application  |  Print Dredging Project Application 

 

2017 Safety Award Winners

The Western Dredging Association Safety Commission presented two (2) awards at the 2017 Dredging Summit & Expo, one to a dredging contractor & one for a dredging project. The winners of these awards are:

2017 Safety Award Winner - Dredging Contractor    
J.F. Brennan Company, Inc.
WEDA is pleased to present WEDA’s 2017 Annual Safety Excellence Award for a Dredging Contractor to J.F. Brennan Company, Inc. for delivering over 2,225,000 man hours without a lost time incident. JF Brennan Company’s exemplary safety commitment and dedication meet and exceed the Western Dredging Association’s stated safety desire to raise safety awareness throughout the dredging and marine construction industry and are greatly appreciated.
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2017 Safety Award Winner - Dredging Project    
Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company, LLC
WEDA is pleased to present WEDA’s 2017 Annual Safety Excellence Award for a Dredging Project to Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company, LLC for the John Redmond Dredging Phase 1.
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2016 Safety Award Winners

The Western Dredging Association Safety Commission presented two (2) awards at WODCON XXI, one to a dredging contractor & one for a dredging project. The winners of these awards are:

2016 Safety Award Winner - Dredging Contractor    
J.F. Brennan Company, Inc.
WEDA is pleased to present WEDA’s 2016 Annual Safety Excellence Award for a Dredging Contractor to J.F. Brennan Company, Inc. for the McMillan Island Pumping and Dewatering Project North of Mississippi River Lock #10
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2016 Safety Award Winner - Dredging Project    
Pine Bluff Sand and Gravel Company
WEDA is pleased to present WEDA’s 2016 Annual Safety Excellence Award for a Dredging Project to Pine Bluff Sand and Gravel Company for USACE Contract No. W912EQ-12-C-011 the Dredge Wallace McGeorge
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2015 Safety Award Winners

The Western Dredging Association presented the “WEDA Annual Safety Award” at the Dredging Summit & Expo in Toronto. Two awards were presented, one to a dredging contractor & one for a dredging project. The winners of these awards are:

2015 Safety Award Winner - Dredging Contractor   View Photo
Manson Construction Company
WEDA is proud to honor Manson Construction Co. for its legacy of safety leadership.
Accepting the award was Michael Warwick, Vice President, Manson Construction Co.
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2015 Safety Award Winner - Dredging Project   View Photo
Terra Contracting Services, LLC
Environmental Dredging of Morrow Lake and Delta: Exemplary Attention to Safety on a Project with Major Public Exposure, Kalamazoo River, MI
Accepting the award was , Terra Contracting Services, LLC
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2014 Safety Award Winners 

The Western Dredging Association presented the “WEDA Annual Safety Awards” at the Dredging Summit & Expo in Houston, TX. Two awards were presented for the following projects:

Enbridge Ceresco Dam Dredging Project
Kalamazoo River, MI
Prime Contractor: Terra Contracting Services, LLC
Accepting the award was Steve Taplin, Pres, Terra Contracting Services, LLC
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Onondaga Lake Remediation Project
(Honeywell, de Maximis, Parsons, Sevenson, Infrastructure Alternatives, O'Brien & Gere, and Anchor QEA)
Accepting the award was William Hague, Honeywell's Director of Remedial Design and Construction
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2013 Safety Award

The Western Dredging Association takes pleasure in presenting the 2013 Annual Safety Award to:

Hile Group    
Hile Group's work in safety is an outstanding example of a WEDA Member meeting and surpassing WEDA's stated safety goals and objectives. Their engagement with member companies and throughout the dredging and marine construction industry has raised safety awareness and saved lives, and is greatly appreciated