The Safety Award for Excellence (SAFE) recognizes those in home building who have made successful efforts to advance jobsite safety in the industry. NAHB and its official safety sponsor, Builders Mutual, congratulate the 2021 winners.
The winners will be honored at a ceremony in the IBS Jobsite Safety Zone on the show floor at the 2022 International Builders' Show in Orlando, Feb. 8-10.
NAHB Safety Champion of the Year
Joshua Hollingsworth, Buchanan Construction - Asheville, North Carolina
Buchanan Construction hired their first full time safety manager in March 2020 and Joshua Hollingsworth immediately hit the ground running. The company did not have a health and safety program that was implemented or tailored to the company. He started from ground zero creating and developing a living breathing program that continues to evolve. Hollingsworth was able to create a highly effective safety program in the middle of a global pandemic. He has the responsibility of monitoring all jobsites, and not just Buchanan employees, but also the subcontractors on the sites.
Job-Site Safety Institute Innovative Safety Idea of the Year
The NRP Group – Cleveland, Ohio
The NRP Group is a fully integrated, premier apartment developer, general contractor and property manager. NRP’s Innovative Safety Idea is their newly implemented Digital Subcontractor Safety Orientation, accessed by using QR codes posted on their projects. Due to the pandemic, NRP created a way for new subcontractors to view and complete the company’s safety orientation on their own mobile devices without mass gatherings in the job trailer. The use of QR codes not only ensures pandemic safety protocol is observed, but it also efficiently checks for safety orientation understanding.
NAHB Associate Member Safety Program of the Year (Fewer than 50 employees)
Winchester Precast - Winchester, Virginia
In business since 1950 and with third-generation family ownership and management, Winchester Precast manufactures precast concrete storm and wastewater structures, septic tanks, box culverts and light pole bases. Employee involvement and celebration of safety achievements is their key to success. Employees actively participate in safety ideas and problem solving. They actively look for ways to celebrate even small accomplishments so that employees realize and remember how important safety is.
NAHB Associate Member Safety Program of the Year (More than 50 employees)
Menzner Hardwoods - Marathon, Wisconsin
Menzner Hardwoods was founded in 1894 by Phil Menzner’s great grandfather, and was subsequently run by his grandfather, then his father and now Phil. Menzner is a leader in the hardwood molding industry, with over 300 employees in Wisconsin and sets the bar in building and maintaining a top tier safety culture. They have changed the safety mindset of their management, employees, contractors, and vendors.
Single Family Builder Safety Program of the Year (Fewer than 10 Home Starts Per Year)
Sea-Dar Construction – Boston/New York
For the past 30 years, Sea-Dar Construction has been building a wide range of construction projects. From luxury urban residences and fine suburban custom homes, to large, technically complex institutional and commercial structures, each is managed with the same commitment to quality and customer service. Sea-Dar Construction is striving to become a model for safety among contractors across the industry, and especially of their size. In the past year they have expanded their safety program from a single safety officer to a full committee consisting of Project Managers and field staff.
Single Family Builder Safety Program of the Year (More than 500 Home Starts Per Year)
Visionary Homes – North Logan, Utah
Visionary Homes works hard as a team to provide the easiest and safest experience possible. With clearly stated expectations, job site management, subcontractor collaboration, and a whole lot of heart, their team works hard in their efforts to sustain a reliable and safe environment for all who enter each job site. They know the importance of the home buyers’ experience and their peace of mind when it comes to visiting their home that is being built. Visionary understands what it takes to provide the tools to be safe and successful.
Multifamily Builder Safety Program of the Year (Fewer than 50 Employees)
Holland Construction, Inc. – Denver, Colorado
Holland Partner Group (HPG) is a fully integrated real estate investment company with two decades of experience and is recognized as the most consistent and reliable delivery mechanism in the real estate industry. Holland’s vertically integrated platform consists of development, construction, acquisition, redevelopment, and property management. Their mission is to create a safe work environment that influences the attitudes of all who enter their jobsites and sends a message of intolerance in taking risks that could lead to workplace injury. Holland Construction is passionate about leading the industry by providing consistent leadership that changes the way people look at their relationship to safety.
Multifamily Builder Safety Program of the Year (More than 50 Employees)
RA Nelson – Avon, Colorado
Founded in 1976, RA Nelson LLC is an employee-owned full-service general contractor headquartered in Avon in Colorado’s Vail Valley with a regional office near Aspen in the Roaring Fork Valley. They offer preconstruction, construction management, general contractor services, and post construction/property management services. RA Nelson proudly fosters a culture of safety. The responsibility is placed upon each individual employee to point out hazards and suggest improvements. Safety is the very first topic they discuss at all-company meetings and safe behavior is heavily tracked and rewarded. As a company, they are focused on growing a learning culture, with a mentor program and monthly sessions dedicated to lessons learned.
Remodeler Safety Program of the Year (Fewer than 50 employees)
JOMA Construction – Watkinsville, Georgia
JOMA Construction is committed to providing a safe work environment for all employees and subcontractors. Safety is their number one value and they are uncompromising in their commitment to safety, striving to continually improve their process and promote safety. Each JOMA Construction employee and subcontractor is individually accountable and expected to adhere to their safety standards, actively taking part in the advancement of safety practices. JOMA Construction’s goal is to continue to be accident free while maintaining the highest level of quality that JOMA Construction is best known for.
Remodeler Safety Program of the Year (More than 50 employees)
F&S Building Innovations – Roanoke, Virginia
F&S Building Innovations was founded in 1976 and is a leading commercial and residential contractor in the Roanoke area. F&S Building Innovations Safety Program is built on the support of the company leadership and the inclusion of all levels of operations in program development, implementation, and enforcement. F&S works on innovative approaches to develop and deliver the elements of its Safety Program as well as continuous improvement. The effectiveness of the program is verified in the numbers through the EMR, the OSHA 300 reporting, and overall safety culture of the organization. The culture is genuine as evidenced by the care the leadership takes for F&S employees.
Specialty Trade Contractor Safety Program of the Year (Fewer than 50 employees)
Greenleaf Landscapes – Marietta, Ohio
Greenleaf’s commitment to safety started in 1977 by participating in Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Comp Drug Free Safety Program. Since then, Dave Fleming (general manager) has been involved in Mid-Ohio Valley Safety Committee as past president, past board member, and current board advisory member. Greenleaf has been recognized by the Ohio BWC with 1.6 million hours of no accidents without loss time. This was a great milestone for a landscape company that has over 450 tires on the ground every day along with 90 employees during its peak season.
Specialty Trade Contractor Safety Program of the Year (More than 50 employees)
Helix Electric – San Diego, California
Helix Electric is one of the largest and most experienced electrical contractors in the U.S. Safety has been one of Helix Electric’s core values from the very beginning. The vision of providing a safe workplace where people would stay for a career has grown into their Team Safety philosophy. They work to engage every level of the organization in Helix’s processes and harness their energy and vision to build Helix’s goal of providing a safe and healthy work environment for all team members. At Helix Electric, a safety program starts at the top with a clear commitment to safety from upper management.
NAHB Student Chapter Safety Program of the Year
Build Smart Institute – Roanoke, Virginia
Developed in 2020 in collaboration with Roanoke Regional Home Builders Association, Build Smart Institute starts its student chapter members into its entry level program HBI PACT and NCCER CORE Fundamentals of Construction. In this entry level CORE Program, all trainees obtain an OSHA 10 for Construction training card as well as a First Aid and CPR training card. There are trainees that come through the CORE Program as young as 14 years of age that obtain training and cards. These entry level programs are primarily hands-on, project-based learning. Throughout the applied learning the student safety training is continually implemented and reinforced in an applied and practical way.
Leadership in Construction Safety
J. Gary Hill, Job-Site Safety Institute – Raleigh, North Carolina
J. Gary Hill is the Executive Director of the Job-Site Safety Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to conducting research for residential and commercial jobsites. He is also the Chairman of NAHB’s Construction Safety and Health Committee. Hill has been a leader in the residential construction industry for the past 40 years. His leadership and expertise have greatly helped the industry surpass construction safety milestones. Hill continues to help create safety education and research for the home building community.
Excellence in Mental Health (Industry Advocate)
Cal Beyer, CSDZ – Minneapolis, Minnesota
Cal Beyer, VP of Workforce Risk and Worker Wellbeing at CSDZ, has over 30 years of safety, insurance, and risk management experience, with more than 25 of those years serving the construction industry. With his relentless positivity and passion for worker metal health and wellbeing, Cal has been instrumental in helping NAHB, its members, and the home building industry, prioritize mental health as part of a comprehensive safety program, placing it on equal footing with physical safety. A realist about construction risk factors, Cal also emphasizes hope, help and recovery.
Excellence in Mental Health (Company)
McCarthy Building Companies – St, Louis, Missouri
McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. is the oldest privately held national construction company in the country. True to its unrelenting focus on safety, McCarthy offers the Genuine Care Program: A new integrated approach to breaking the stigma surrounding mental health to better meet the needs of employees, the craft workforce and their families. The program is designed to create more discussion around mental health awareness, acceptance and treatment options. McCarthy generously shared its toolbox talks with NAHB in an effort to help our industry bring mental wellbeing into the spotlight.
Excellence in Mental Health (HBA)
North Carolina HBA
The North Carolina Home Builders Association (NCHBA), given the demonstrated history of active engagement by its leadership and its members with NAHB, has been the ideal partner with NAHB for launching the Blueprint for Worker Well-Being Pilot Program. This program aims to gather input from NCHBA members in order to help leading experts develop tools especially for members to identify and learn more about mental health and well-being issues. NCHBA is leading the way in strengthening the culture of care and well-being and in doing so, is making its community more resilient and safer and thus able to attract and retain a vibrant workforce.