2019 NAHB/Builders Mutual Safety Award for Excellence Winners

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Contacts: Rob Matuga
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Christian Culligan
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National Association of Home Builders congratulates the 2019 NAHB/Builders Mutual Safety Award for Excellence (SAFE) winners.

NAHB Safety Champion of the Year

Headshot of Jeff EschlimanJeff Eschliman, Maracay Homes - Scottsdale, Arizona
Jeff is known as the "safety leader" and his passion is contagious. As Vice President of Construction at Maracay Homes, he established the Good to Go safety program, which features safety seminars for subcontractors and their employees. He volunteered to chair a Home Builders Association of Central Arizona Safety (HBACA) committee to spread the safety message. Additionally, through the HBACA, he has established a trade partner safety committee to ensure that all members of the industry are working together to create safer residential job sites. Jeff encourages other home builders and subcontractors to attend his safety training because he wants his message heard regardless of who they work for.

Job-Site Safety Institute Innovative Safety Idea of the Year

Little Giant Ladder Systems logoLittle Giant Ladders - Springville, Utah
The Little Giant King Kombo Industrial 3-in-1 all-access ladder is the world's first stepladder, extension ladder and leaning ladder that gives home builders the ladder they need for numerous tasks on the job site. Previously, workers had to choose between a leaning stepladder, regular stepladder, or extension ladder. Until now, there has not been a ladder designed for leaning against corners and stud walls. Little Giant Ladders has a legacy of creating products designed to prevent injuries and save lives. The King Kombo is the first ladder of its kind on the market, and it is changing the industry, helping workers complete their jobs more safely.

Leadership in Construction Safety

Headshot of Dr. Christine BrancheDr. Christine Branche, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health - Washington, D.C.
As NIOSH Principal Associate Director, and Director, NIOSH Office of Construction Safety and Health, Dr. Branche has facilitated the formation of partnerships that have benefited the entire construction industry, including the residential construction sector. She led the development of the National Safety Falls Prevention Campaign and Safety Stand-down, which engages millions construction workers around the United States, including thousands in home building. Dr. Branche's oversight of the NIOSH National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) Construction Sector Council activities ensures important construction safety research is conducted and effective intervention strategies are developed to prevent workplace accidents and injuries, which includes working with the Job-Site Safety Institute to expand the NIOSH assessment of Fall Hazards for Mast Climbing Work Platforms (MCWP), and working with NAHB on the opioid issue.

Single Family Builder Safety Program of the Year (Fewer than 10 Homes Starts Per Year)

Alan Shintani, Inc. logoAlan Shintani, Inc. - Waipahu, Hawaii
A locally owned general contractor who has provided construction services for over 30 years. For each job, Alan Shintani, Inc. provides a Site Safety and Health Officer with credentials from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals. Their program relies heavily on the Accident Prevention Plan (APP) and Activity Hazard Analysis (AHA) prior to any construction activity and each worker on site must sign off on the AHA. Alan Shintani, Inc. implements proactive safety through worker involvement and continuous training. They have developed a safety culture that is beneficial for the worker and company.

Single Family Builder Safety Program of the Year (11-100 Home Starts Per Year)

Sandcastle Homes LogoSandcastle Homes, Inc. - Houston, Texas
Since 1995, Sandcastle Homes has been building luxury, single-family homes in the Inner Loop area of Houston. At Sandcastle Homes, they pride themselves on safety and their safety program. They ensure continuous progress by conducting frequent toolbox talks and weekly safety inspections. Discussion and continuous improvements to their safety program help remind each worker on a Sandcastle Homes jobsite that safety is a key focus.

Single Family Builder Safety Program of the Year (100-500 Home Starts Per Year)

Summit Homes logoSummit Homes - Lee's Summit, Missouri
Summit Homes is a single-family home builder and an established land development leader in the market. Summit Homes understands the importance of safety and has worked to become a leader in the industry. Summit Homes has an outstanding track record of zero OSHA citations or serious incidents in the past 3 years with a high projection to sell over 250 homes annually. To further those efforts, Summit Homes is currently implementing a new company-wide campaign called Summit Safe.

Single Family Builder Safety Program of the Year (500+ Home Starts Per Year)

Taylor Morrison logoTaylor Morrison - Sarasota, Florida
The Southwest Florida Davison of Taylor Morrison is one of the largest home building companies in the United States, with its corporate headquarters in Scottsdale, Arizona. The Southwest Florida Division was the first division to implement a five-day Builder Boot Camp which includes the 10-hour OSHA class, CPR/FA/AED class and navigating safety materials in the company’s database. Taylor Morrison’s Safety Committee has regular meetings and offers good ideas to engage team members and subcontractors to be competitive in the areas of safety boards, safety drills, and safety and quality audits and inspections.

Multifamily Builder Safety Program of the Year (Fewer than 50 Employees)

Holland Construction logoHolland Construction, Inc. - Denver, Colorado
Holland is a national Owner/Developer/Builder who also manages their properties. They focus on higher end multifamily projects on the West Coast and in the Denver Metro Area. Employees at Holland understand that safety comes first and are OSHA 30-hour trained as well. Their proactive collaboration provides employees and subcontractors with the tools, knowledge and resources they need to increase awareness and reduce risk on each project.

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

The NRP Group logoThe NRP Group - Cleveland, Ohio
The NRP Group is a vertically integrated developer, owner, builder, and manager of best-in-class multifamily housing. Prior to the start of any onsite work, they review each subcontractor's safety performance metrics and corporate safety program. Over the past three years, their safety staff has expanded from a single full-time member to seven full time members with over 65 years of collective experience from a wide range of disciplines (heavy highway, civil, environmental, and building trades). The NRP Group also holds an annual Safety Summit in each of their geographical regions.

Associate Member Safety Program of the Year

Iacoboni Site Specialists logoIacoboni Site Specialists, Inc. - Baltimore, Maryland
Iacoboni Site Specialists, Inc. is a family-owned site preparation company that's evolved over 75 years, installing water, sewer, storm drains, curb and gutter as well as paving. With a low EMR rate, their owners are highly involved in incident investigations to prevent recurrence. Iacoboni has also been recognized by their captive insurance company for the last 4 years as having a superior safety record through management involvement of training programs.

Remodeler Safety Program of the Year

Irons Brothers logoIrons Brothers Construction - Shoreline, Washington
Irons Brothers Construction is a national leader in the construction industry and has been a trusted remodeling contractor in the Seattle area since 1999. Education and safety are two of their core values as they work to achieve their mission by inspiring creative and custom designs with an exceptional building experience. Iron Brothers Construction sends members from all departments to annual continuing education conferences and training to improve their skills & enhance professional development.

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

Kirkwood Fence logoKirkwood Fence - Valley Park, Missouri
Since 1979, Kirkwood Fence has provided the greater St. Louis area with quality fence products and professional installations. They require all necessary safety certifications and testing, as well as partner with safety initiatives to ensure they are providing the highest level of health and safety to their employees. Employee well-being is a top priority and many actions are taken to provide a safe and comfortable working environment to ensure the safety and health of each worker.

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

Comer Construction logoComer Construction, Inc. - Forest Hill, Maryland
Comer Construction, Inc. is a women-owned, Minority Business Enterprise providing commercial and residential construction services throughout northeastern Maryland for more than 35 years. The Comer Construction Health and Safety Program was established to create an Injury Free Environment as an integral part of conducting business, contributing to the overall success of the organization. Comer's Safety Solutions Team (Safety Committee) was established over seven years ago and has helped implement many policies and procedures.

Baker Roofing logoBaker Roofing Company - Raleigh, North Carolina
Baker Roofing Company, founded in 1915, is a commercial and residential roofing contractor. Baker Roofing continually strives to improve their safety and health programs with constant self-check and awareness, which is accomplished by numerous means, including the recording of near misses to analyzing gaps in training and communicating the results to the Board of Directors with a plan of action to address these areas. Throughout the past 5 years, the senior management team has empowered the safety and risk management team with identifying immediate as well as short term, long term goals to ensure the success of the entire company.

NAHB Student Chapter Safety Program of the Year

BYU Idaho logoBrigham Young University-Idaho - Rexburg, Idaho
The Brigham Young University-Idaho NAHB Student Chapter is the residential construction arm of the student association serving the students enrolled in the Department of Design and Construction Management at BYU-Idaho. Students have selected the EHS (Environmental Health and Safety) focus for their degrees and have participated in internships dealing with the safety side of our industry. Students in the BYU-Idaho NAHB Student Chapter are required, as part of their degree pursuit, to participate in a three credit-hour construction safety course. The BYU-Idaho NAHB Student Chapter is dedicated to continual improvement of safety in the home building industry.

Siding Contractor Safety Program of the Year

SouthEnd ExteriorsSouthEnd Exteriors - Charlotte, North Carolina
For more than 10 years, SouthEnd Exteriors has proudly provided home exterior installation contractor services that consistently deliver high value, responsive priority service and peace of mind to home builders throughout the Carolinas. While on the job at the worksite, traveling to and from an assignment, loading and unloading in the warehouse, or working in the office, the care and protection of their employees as well as their customer’s property is their foremost priority. Each of the SouthEnd Exteriors crews has been well trained in jobsite safety procedures and they maintain OSHA compliant jobsites and in certain instances, require their crews to follow even more stringent safety guidelines and standards. SouthEnd Exteriors performs random safety inspections and make sure to include on-the-job "Tool Box Talks" for their employees. It is their goal to eliminate accidents, hazardous situations, and to be compliant at all times.

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