2018 NAHB/Builders Mutual Safety Award for Excellence Winners

National Association of Home Builders congratulates the 2018 NAHB/Builders Mutual Safety Award for Excellence (SAFE) winners.

NAHB Safety Champion of the Year

Dave Redlin 

Dave Redlin, Progressive Environmental & Safety, Overland Park, Kan.

Dave is responsible for providing safety management to several home builders in Kansas City and is the go-to person in the area for worker safety help. He keeps the industry up to date on safety issues and does pro-bono work for small subcontractors who need safety programs, training and OSHA abatement assistance. Dave recently conducted 15 Safety Stand-Downs on Fall Protection in the Kansas City Area. Proof is in the successes: Bill assisted five single family builders with over 700 units built and four multi-family builders with over 2,000 units built, each with no OSHA citations or job-related injuries.

Steven Speer

Steven Speer, Sandcastle Homes, Houston

Steven is the Safety Manager for Sandcastle Homes, a premier home builder in Houston. He is responsible for the company safety program, job site safety inspections, and ensuring that job sites are free of hazards. Steven does not take a day off when it comes to safety. He launched a new initiative in 2018 that supplements Sandcastle’s existing safety plan and focuses on systematically eliminating hazards throughout the homebuilding process. Steven takes pride in his commitment to safety and knows that at the end of the day he has done his part helping others return home to their loved ones.

Remodeler Safety Program of the Year (Less than 50 Employees)

The Drying Company/ThermalTec 

The Drying Company/ThermalTec, Toano, Va.

The Drying Company/ThermalTec is a Home Performance contractor serving the greater Hampton Roads and Richmond region of Virginia. They want their team to flourish in the workplace and in life, so they respect and appreciate how safety provides a foundation for their good health. Their approach to safety is both top-down leadership and empowering each individual through open dialogue and functionally-relevant training. They have found this multi-faceted approach to be an effective winning combination.

Remodeler Safety Program of the Year (More than 50 Employees)

Alan Shintani, Inc. 

Alan Shintani, Inc., Waipahu, Hawaii

Alan Shintani, Inc. is a licensed general construction company that has been serving the people of Hawaii for over 30 years. They believe that their safety program is the best by being proactive with safety, getting employees involved in the process, investing in continuous safety training of workers, and having the support of ownership and upper management. The company provides employees with all the information they need to complete their job safely, including potential jobsite hazards, what engineering controls are needed to eliminate hazards, and what personal protective equipment (PPE) the worker will need to complete the job safely.

Single Family Builder Safety Program of the Year (Less than 50 Employees)

Living Stone Design + Build 

Living Stone Design + Build, Black Mountain, N.C.

Living Stone Design + Build is an accredited master builder that has been crafting award-winning custom homes for 23 years. The safety program at Living Stone Design + Build has been developed to address all existing and potential safety hazards, whether it's due to job site conditions or normal everyday working practices. The program focuses on the safety of its employees and of their trade partners by creating a work environment that is free of hazards and illness at all times and developing a safety culture that includes weekly toolbox discussions and monthly safety meetings with employees.

Single Family Builder Safety Program of the Year (More than 50 Employees)

Van Metre Homes 

Van Metre Homes, Ashburn, Va.

Van Metre Homes has been a leading home builder in the Washington D.C. metro area for over 63 years. Van Metre strives to lead the industry in employee health, wellness and safety, with all executives supportive and highly involved in the safety program. They also contract with a third-party safety consultant to inspect jobsites, train employees and trade partners (subcontractors) and advise and record any incidents that may occur, which compliments their already established safety program.

Associate Member Safety Program of the Year (Less than 50 Employees)

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J. Kozel & Son, Inc., Rochester, N.Y.

J. Kozel & Son, Inc. is a structural steel fabrication and erection company that has been serving Western New York for nearly a century. Their safety program starts from the moment a new employee is hired and continues throughout employment. Whether it's taking part in weekly safety meetings, conducting daily inspections, or being a member of a Safety Committee, all employees are encouraged to be part of the safety program and are trained in the importance of safety in the workplace.

Associate Member Safety Program of the Year (More than 50 Employees)

SR Homes 

SR Homes, Cumming, Ga.

SR Homes strives to build quality homes that bring the highest long-term value to customers. At SR Homes, safety leadership is demonstrated by protecting the lives and abilities of tradespeople to provide for their families by direct involvement in addition to trade partner training. Their annual safety meeting

Specialty Trade Contractor Safety Program of the Year (Less than 50 employees)

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Brass2Copper Mechanical, Inc., Las Vegas

Brass2Copper Mechanical is a mechanical company of 45 employees focused primarily on plumbing and fire protection system installation in Southern Nevada. They have maintained a consistent focus on safety throughout the year resulting in no lost time or recordable Injuries. The B2C leadership teams relentlessly push safety on a daily basis by demonstrating genuine concern for their employees and the welfare of their families. They believe that maintaining a safety culture is important and necessary for the entire Brass2Copper family.

Specialty Trade Contractor Safety Program of the Year (More than 50 employees)

Alan Shintani, Inc. 

Alan Shintani, Inc., Waipahu, Hawaii

Alan Shintani, Inc. is a licensed general construction company that has been serving the people of Hawaii for over 30 years. Their company safety and health program is all about planning, implementation, review and consistency. The program relies heavily on the Accident Prevention Plan and Activity Hazard Analysis, which is done for all jobs, regardless of size. For every job, they provide a Site Safety and Health Officer who is responsible in making sure that workers are abiding by all state and federal safety regulations.

Siding Contractor Safety Program of the Year


Wenger Roofing & Sheet Metal, Campbellsport, Wis.

Wenger is a family business that was started 23 years ago and focuses on commercial roofing, siding and sheet metal. They employ over 70 field workers, leaders and managers today. As part of their dedication to excellence, Wenger launched the Wenger Worker Academy initiative over 4 years ago to help manage the evident industry labor crisis. This initiative is based on 10 principles that guide the crews and managers in their day to day decisions, actions and interactions with emphasis on safety, skills and leadership training, including performance reviews twice a year. The program has yielded outstanding results including an increase in field leaders, from 12 to 28 (+133%) in just 4 years. The Wenger team believes that working together creates a positive solution driven work environment allowing good workers to become great workers. The program, in turn, allows Wenger to deliver world class customer experience and efficient projects to maximize results.

Innovative Safety Program/Idea of the Year

TrussLox LLC 

TrussLox LLC, Billings, Mont.

TrussLox, a temporary truss bracing system, is a patented innovative product for framers. A unique light-weight and hands-free spreader bar, TrussLox self-sets and secures trusses 24 inches on-center while workers remain safely tied to the outside walls thus eliminating hazardous labor practices used in traditional methods. TrussLox benefits the housing industry with labor time and material savings and has a positive impact on safety by eliminating the need for a worker to be in the peak during framing.

Leadership in Construction Safety

Bill Schaffner, Executive Director, Job-Site Safety Institute (JSI) 

Bill Schaffner, Job-Site Safety Institute (JSI), Raleigh, N.C.

As Executive Director of JSI, Bill has helped lead the nonprofit since its inception in 2015 with passion, dedication, and a commitment to the JSI mission of improving construction safety and saving lives. He has been instrumental in JSI forming strong partnerships with numerous research organizations, educational institutions, and trade associations. His leadership and positive approach have led to the growth of JSI, which has been instrumental in helping advance safety in our industry through safety research and training projects including the fall prevention training funded under the OSHA Harwood grant program, a NIOSH study to reduce fall hazards for Mast Climbing Work Platforms, developing a phone safety app for the residential construction industry, video toolbox talks, and addressing the opioid crisis in construction.