The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) named 14 winners of the 11th annual NAHB/Builders Mutual Insurance Company Safety Award for Excellence (SAFE) for their commitment to strong safety programs. The winners were recognized last night at the SAFE awards reception held during the NAHB International Builders’ Show in Orlando, Fla.
The NAHB/Builders Mutual Insurance Company SAFE awards recognize member companies, workers and other individuals for the excellent safety programs that make them leaders in the residential construction industry.
“It gives me great pleasure to recognize the recipients of this year’s SAFE awards,” said NAHB Construction, Safety and Health Committee Chairman Carl Harris, a builder and the co-founder of Carl Harris Co. Inc. from Wichita, Kansas. “Safety is no longer an afterthought in our industry. Our employees and our reputations are too valuable to put at risk. Safety should be in forefront of every project, from budget through completion, and we wish to recognize those individuals and companies that have demonstrated a commitment to safety above and beyond the industry standard.”
This year, the SAFE program honored the following individuals and companies that have worked to achieve exemplary safety and health programs in the residential construction industry.
NAHB Safety Professional of the Year
Jeff Palumbo, Shea Homes, Colo.
Remodeler Safety Program of the Year – Less than 50 Employees
Irons Brothers Construction, Inc., Seattle
Single-Family Builders Safety Program of the Year
Rinaldi Builders LLC, Madisonville, La. (Less than 10 homes built per year)
Summit Custom Homes, Lees Summit, Mo. (Greater than 100 but less than 500 homes built per year)
Shea Homes (Greater than 500 homes built per year)
Multifamily Safety Program of the Year – More than 50 Employees
Andres Construction LLC, Dallas
Innovative Safety Program/Idea of the Year
NterNow, Marietta, Ga.
NAHB-Affiliated Association Safety Program of the Year
HBA of Metro Denver
Associate Member Safety Program of the Year
Iacoboni Site Specialists Inc., Baltimore
Judges Special Recognition Award
Habitat for Humanity International, Americus, Ga.
Federal/State Plan OSHA Official of the Year
Chad D. Vivian, Englewood, Colo.
NAHB Student Chapter Safety Program of the Year – High Schools/Career Technical
Shadow Ridge High School, Surprise, Colo.
NAHB Student Chapter Safety Program of the Year – Colleges/Universities
State University of New York at Delhi
Leadership in Construction Safety Award
Don Pratt, Construction Education & Consulting Services, Auburn Hills, Mich.
For additional information on the SAFE awards, please visit nahb.org/safe.