Matthew Bunner, safety manager for Mulzer Crushed Stone Inc., was named the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association’s (NSSGA) 2015 James M. Christie Safety & Health Professional of the Year. The award recognizes an individual for substantial contributions and commitment to safe and healthy operating practices within his or her company and the industry.
Bunner developed an aggressive safety audit program that enabled Mulzer Crushed Stone to significantly reduce hazards. He developed compelling training materials that increased the support for safety training among workers and management. Bunner has taken a lead in presenting operator perspectives on compliance to MSHA senior leaders during the agency’s stakeholder outreach tours, and has continually sought to make the company’s operations safer and healthier. In fact, these efforts have also helped to substantially reduce Mulzer’s workman’s compensation rates.
“Matt has made a substantial impact on safety and health throughout the entire United States,” said NSSGA President and CEO Michael W. Johnson. “Advocacy is Job number one for NSSGA, but truly safety is job number one for aggregates operations around the country. Matt’s diligent work and achievements clearly illustrate our industry’s commitment to working to reduce injuries in support of NSSGA’s guiding principles of optimal workplace safety and health.”