Abel Parker, risk and regulatory affairs manager, Luck Companies, Richmond, Va., was named the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association’s (NSSGA) 2012 James M. Christie Safety & Health Professional of the Year. The award, established in 1987, provides national recognition to an individual who has made superior and substantial contributions to his or her company and the industry’s efforts toward proactive safe and healthful operating practices. The award presentation is scheduled as part of NSSGA’s Annual Honors Awards Ceremony on March 18 at NSSGA’s 2013 Annual Convention in San Antonio, Texas.
Under Parker’s guidance, Luck Companies has helped forge efforts to boost compliance and adherence to the highest principles of worker safety and health. Having worked for Luck for more than a decade, Parker has supported the company’s effort toward safety and health as evidenced by the company’s very low injury incidence rate of just 1.32 injuries per 200,000 hours worked (industry average was 2.27).
Moreover, Parker contributed to leading behavior-based safety programs and has spread his efforts to help the broader industry. He has helped set up a visible emissions workshop for the Virginia Transportation Construction Association and has supported and hosted Noise & Dust workshops for NSSGA. Parker has been an active member of NSSGA’s Safety and Health Committee, as well as a member of the MSHA-NSSGA Alliance Committee, which works to develop practical programs for education and training on behalf of occupational safety and health.
NSSGA Chairman of the Board of Directors Ron Summers, CalPortland Co., Glendora, Calif., commented, “Abel's achievements stand as a clear illustration of our industry's commitment to eliminate injuries and fatalities in support of one of our most important guiding principles: to prevent all occupational injuries and illnesses. He is a credit to Luck Companies, and I know that our industry is a better one in which to work because of Abel’s commitment.”
“Abel’s professionalism, experience and concern for the health and safety of all aggregate workers are great examples of the spirit of the James M. Christie Safety & Health Professional of the Year Award,” said NSSGA President and CEO R. A. Edwards, III. “He has made a substantial impact not only on his company and workforce, but also on workers and companies throughout the country.”