The National Utility Contractors Association is pleased to announce that J.F. Ahern Co. of Fond du Lac, Wis., has been awarded a 2008 William H. Feather Safety Award. Named after the first chairman of NUCA’s Safety Committee, the award recognizes those contractors that exemplify Feather’s passionate commitment to a safe workplace. The winners are chosen on the basis of injury frequency data, a safety statement and company program information in five categories established according to total man hours worked.
The winner of the 1 million plus man-hours category, the 129-year-old J.F. Ahern Co. has written safety, fleet safety and defensive driving programs and employs a full-time safety director. A third of the 93 supervisors and managers have attended a 10- or 30-hour OSHA construction outreach program within the last three years. On the field/shop employee side, 40 have attended NUCA’s Excavation Safety & Competent Person Training Program and 52 NUCA’s Confined Space Entry Training Program. Safety Director James Lange notes that NUCA safety training programs have become the cornerstone of the company’s efforts to motivate employees to work safely.
The award presentation took place at the National Awards Breakfast held in conjunction with NUCA’s annual Washington Summit/Spring Board & Committee Meetings, May 18 to 20 at the Hotel Monaco in Alexandria, Va.