Skanska USA Awards ’Top 40’ to Promote Safety in Oregon

Tue February 03, 2009 - West Edition

Skanska USA Building Inc. has awarded top honors to several of its 40 largest subcontractors in Oregon at a competition aimed at helping eliminate construction-related falls. This was the ninth year that Skanska has partnered with its “Top 40” in the name of creating new and innovative ways to positively impact on-the-job safety.

“This year’s competition brought many fantastic and creative entries,” said Daniel Johnson, vice president of operations with Skanska’s Oregon office. “I am absolutely convinced that falls in our industry can be eliminated based upon all the good work our Top 40 subcontractors have done in the last nine years.”

This year, Skanska distributed awards in a variety of categories:

• Best Presentation Award went to Performance Contracting Inc. (PCI), a specialty interior and exterior services company.

• Best Prototype Award went to Bratton Masonry in Vancouver, Wash., the largest brick and masonry company in North America.

• Uniqueness Award went to Alliance Industrial Group (AIG), a steel erection precast installation and equipment setting company.

The most prestigious honor, the Overall Impact Award, went to Harder Mechanical Contractors Inc., which was presented $4,000 for development and implementation of its design for a ladder warning system. The company will use the money to fully develop this new technology.

The goal of Skanska’s Top 40 competition is to leverage the best leadership of the subcontractor organizations to eliminate all on-the-job falls. Over the past nine years, Skanska’s Top 40 subcontractors have successfully worked together to create ways to eliminate falls, lacerations and flexibility-related injuries.

The awards were held at The Kingstad Center in Beaverton, Ore., on Nov. 18. More than 100 people attended this year’s event, which was the largest gathering to-date.

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