Charah Inc.’s limestone grinding facility located at Brickey’s Quarry in Bloomsdale, Mo., received a Certificate of Achievement in Safety on April 10, 2012. The Certificate of Achievement in Safety is presented by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) as part of the Sentinels of Safety Program.
The Sentinels of Safety Awards, sponsored by National Mining Association (NMA), were initiated in 1925 and remain the nation’s most prestigious awards recognizing mine safety. They are awarded annually to the nation’s safest mines with a minimum of 4,000 injury-free hours. Charah’s award was presented under the category of Small Metal Non Metal Mill Group and the company was recognized for working nearly 5,800 man-hours without a lost workday injury in 2010.
“We are honored to receive this award from the Department of Labor in recognition of our commitment to safety,” said Charles Price, president and CEO of Charah. “At Charah, safety is our foremost priority and we are always exploring new ways to analyze and improve our worksites and our employees’ attention to safety. I commend the Safety Department, Site Manager Dave Grimwood, and all the site employees for making safety Charah’s top priority.”
At Charah’s Limestone Grinding facility, as well as the company’s other sites, each crew member participates in three daily safety briefings, in Monday morning safety talks, and in monthly safety training sessions. Tasks are preplanned and potential hazards identified and alleviated. Hazards, when identified, are addressed quickly and effectively. Each crew member also has been crossed trained and educated in all phases of plant operations. This allows different perspectives to be shared, from which many excellent suggestions have been implemented to improve safety and operations.
Earlier this year, Charah received another award for employee safety by Westfield Insurance, one of the nation’s 50 largest property and casualty insurance groups with more than 164 years of experience in the insurance business. The previous award is reserved for a select group of commercial customers who excel in management of their employee safety practices.
Founded in 1987, Charah Inc. is based in Louisville, Ky.