For leadership in helping to dramatically reduce injuries among aggregates workers, Terry Browning, safety and health manager for Vulcan Materials Co.’s Midwest region, Naperville, Ill., has been named NSSGA’s 2010 James M. Christie Safety & Health Professional by a panel of NSSGA members.
Created in 1987, the James M. Christie Safety and Health Professional of the Year award recognizes an individual who, through their work in the association, has made superior and substantial contributions to his or her company’s — and the industry’s — efforts toward proactive safe and health operating practices. The award presentation is scheduled as part of NSSGA’s Annual Honors Awards ceremony on March 23, 2011, at NSSGA’s 2011 Annual Convention in Las Vegas.
For more than two decades, Browning has been instrumental in leading efforts to reduce injuries and illnesses; these efforts have contributed to consecutive years of reducing the incidence rate in the aggregates industry to a record low. Since his 2003 arrival at Vulcan Materials Co., Browning worked to change company culture so that all workers have a say inefforts to reduce injuries and illnesses. Browning also developed best practices in loss-control systems and audits. Furthermore, he has been involved in efforts to implement the industry’s Safety Pledge by which companies commit to helping the broader aggregates industry to reduce injuries and illnesses. Browning has taken a lead role in helping reduce Vulcan’s injury incidence rate by 50 percent.
Browning was an important NSSGA Safety and Health Committee member in thwarting the 2008 S-Miner legislation believed to be counter to practices that actually improve worker safety. He has presented at numerous U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration’s Spring Thaw meetings, and has been honored by four different states as safety man of the year.
"Terry’s diligent work as a long-time active leader of NSSGA’s Safety and Health Committee, to boost safety awareness is a great example of the aggregates industry’s and this association’s commitment to worker safety celebrated by the James M. Christie Award," said NSSGA President and CEO Joy Wilson. "Terry embodies all that's excellent about NSSGA's member companies'commitment to the well-being of their employees."
Nancy Moorhouse, vice president and director for Safety, Environmental and Benefits, Teichert Aggregates, Sacramento, Calif., and chair of NSSGA’s Health & Safety Committee said, "Terry’s achievements stand as a clear illustration of our industry’s commitment to work creatively and diligently to eliminate injuries and fatalities in support of one of NSSGA’s most important guiding principles: preventing all occupational injuries andillnesses."