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CalCIMA Recognizes Members for Excellence in Safety


The California Construction & Industrial Materials Association (CalCIMA) announced the 2012 recipients of the CalCIMA Safety Awards.

“CalCIMA is fortunate to have so many companies and personnel that are highly dedicated to ensuring worker safety,” said Gary Hambly, president and CEO of CalCIMA. “Each award winner has a compelling story of motivating workers, making changes to the work place, or being a leader for others,” said Hambly.

“The CalCIMA safety awards look for leading indicators that a mine, plant, or individual is undertaking initiatives to create a safety culture, engineer solutions, and have a broad impact,” said Tom Walsh, risk manager with Sully-Miller Contracting Co. and co-chair of CalCIMA’s Safety & Health Committee. “The awards recognize exceptional contributions to safety, including leadership, innovation, and commitment.”

The awards recognize mines or plants in four categories – ready mixed concrete plant, small aggregate mine (less than 20 employees), large aggregate mine, and industrial mineral mine.

This year, a new category was added for individuals. It is called the “Outstanding Safety Leadership Award.”

This year’s winners are:

  • The Outstanding Safety Leadership Award – Sherry Robertson, Weigh Master for Granite Construction’s Handley Ranch Quarry in Monterey County. In her role as weigh master for the mine, she excels in creating a safety culture for everyone that arrives on site.
  • Ready Mixed Concrete Plant – CalPortland Construction’s Solvang Ready Mix Plant in Santa Barbara County. Accepting the award for the Solvang Plant was Darrell Mougeotte, ready mix area manager. The plant’s accomplishments include easily accessible PPE equipment, a new load tempering structure to prevent falls, and a new safety center in the break room.
  • Small Aggregate Mine – Santa Fe Aggregates’ Waterford Plant in Stanislaus County. John Lane, EH&S project manager for Teichert Materials, accepted the award on behalf of plant personnel. The mine has created a caring, family atmosphere, where employees can talk openly about safety. Their moto is “safe production, it’s just the way we roll.”
  • Large Aggregate Mine – Lehigh Hanson’s Carroll Canyon Rock Plant in San Diego County. Accepting the award for the Carroll Canyon Rock Plant was Ron Thompson, plant manager. The plant is exceptional for motivating personnel, establishing a safety culture, and serving as a testing ground for new safety programs. Their moto is “safety’s just not first…safety just IS.”
  • Industrial Mineral Mine – Elementis Specialties, Inc.’s Hector Mine in San Bernardino County. Accepting the award for the Hector Mine personnel were Todd Patterson, global director HSE & Quality Assurance; James Barry, manager, Hector Mine; and Rick Sanchez, Local 535 Steel Worker’s president. The mine has so successfully implemented a comprehensive Basic Safety Process (BSP) that now serves as a model for the company’s other mines. The mine has gone 21 years without a loss time accident.

The awards were presented at the recent CalCIMA 2012 Education Conference. Presentations were made by Diane Watson, supervisory special investigator for the Mine Safety & Health Administration, and Walsh.

The award recipients were selected from among 27 applications. The applications were reviewed by an 11-member panel of judges that included members of CalCIMA’s Safety & Health Committee and the CalOSHA Mining & Tunneling Unit.