The National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA) announced the Gold, Silver and Bronze winners of NSSGA's Safety, Environmental and Community Relations Excellence Awards. The awards program recognizes aggregates operations throughout the United States and Canada for their extraordinary commitment to safety, for their superior performance as environmental stewards and for their community involvement and support activities that have enhanced the image of the aggregates industry during 2009-2010.
All Gold Awards in each category will be presented at NSSGA's 2011 Annual Convention in Las Vegas at the Encore, on March 23. Operations that accumulate Gold Awards in Safety, Environmental or Community Relations over a five-year period will also receive a Stars of Excellence Award at the Annual Convention.
"Despite the continuing economic challenges this year, the responses from our member companies represent exemplary efforts of their employees on behalf of the aggregates industry," said NSSGA President and CEO Joy Wilson. "We are so pleased to be able to recognize these operations whose achievements in the fields of safety, environment and community relations remind us of the important role the aggregates industry plays in ensuring a greater quality of life in America."
The Sterling Safety Award was created in 1994 to recognize the companies that have the lowest total accident incidence rate for the previous year in their category among NSSGA member companies. The Safety Excellence Program was created in 1987 to promote safe working conditions and practices and to recognize, on an annual basis, individual operations with exemplary safety records among NSSGA member companies.
The Environmental Excellence Awards program was created in 1992 to provide national recognition for aggregate producers that meet and exceed technical, environmental and regulatory requirements.
Finally, the Excellence in Community Relations Program was created in 1989 to recognize aggregate producers whose community involvement and support activities have enhanced the public's perception of the aggregates industry in general and the public image of the individual producer's aggregate operation in particular.