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Coalition for Construction Safety Recognizes Safety Achievements in Construction Industry

Left to right: Marcy Watson, Dave Murphy, and Craig Faulkner pose on stage after Murphy wins the Burnie McGinnis Award, the highest honor that CCS bestows upon an individual.
Left to right: Marcy Watson, Dave Murphy, and Craig Faulkner pose on stage after Murphy wins the Burnie McGinnis Award, the highest honor that CCS bestows upon an individual.
Left to right: Craig Faulkner, Leroy Brock, Paige Riley, and Marcy Watson stand behind the CCS Excellence in Safety Award trophy, which was unanimously awarded by this year’s judges to Charah, LLC.
Left to right: Craig Faulkner, Leroy Brock, Paige Riley, and Marcy Watson stand behind the CCS Excellence in Safety Award trophy, which was unanimously awarded by this year’s judges to Charah, LLC.
Leroy Brock, of Charah, LLC, accepts the Safety Leader Award.
Leroy Brock, of Charah, LLC, accepts the Safety Leader Award.
Mark Bemis, of Industrial Electric Inc., accepts the Safety Leader Award.
Mark Bemis, of Industrial Electric Inc., accepts the Safety Leader Award.
Steve Allemeier, of Pepper Construction Co., accepts the Safety Leader Award.
Steve Allemeier, of Pepper Construction Co., accepts the Safety Leader Award.
Ray Lake, of Shiel Sexton Company, accepts the Safety Leader Award.
Ray Lake, of Shiel Sexton Company, accepts the Safety Leader Award.
Joseph Brynda, of Superheat FGH Services, accepts the Safety Leader Award.
Joseph Brynda, of Superheat FGH Services, accepts the Safety Leader Award.
The Coalition for Construction Safety (CCS) held its Anniversary and Awards Celebration in late April at the Scottish Rite Cathedral to recognize the safety achievements of those in the construction and contractor maintenance industry. Attendees enjoyed a fun evening with networking, food, and music.

A panel of judges reviewed the awards submissions and unanimously selected the winners. Companies, projects, and individuals were recognized. The judges were impressed with the safety efforts of all the submitters and were particularly impressed with the many innovative techniques and programs that companies are implementing to keep workers safe.

The 17 companies who participated in the Excellence in Safety Program by making a formal presentation to the judges' panel were recognized with a Safety Achievement Award.

  • BMWC Constructors
  • Charah
  • CMS Corporation
  • Gaylor Electric
  • Gribbins Insulation
  • GroundBreakers Hydrovac Excavation
  • Industrial Electric
  • Messer Construction
  • Meyer Najem Construction
  • Pepper Construction
  • Performance Contracting Group
  • Shiel Sexton Company
  • Solid Platforms
  • Superheat FGH Services
  • The State Group
  • Thermal Solutions
  • Weddle Bros. Construction Companies

The judges then selected the top five programs who were recognized with a Safety Leader Award. The Safety Leaders were:

  • Charah
  • Industrial Electric
  • Pepper Construction
  • Shiel Sexton Company
  • Superheat FGH Services

Out of these companies, the judges unanimously chose Charah as the Excellence in Safety Award winner.

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Nine construction projects were submitted for the Outstanding Project Safety Award. The projects were broken into two categories, small and large. Both the owner and contractor are recognized for their safety performance.

This year, for the small category, the judges selected the Scheumann Family Indoor Practice Facility. Ball State University is the owner and Messer Construction was the contractor.

For the large category, the judges selected Convert F/20006 for Program Executive Office, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The U.S. Government represented by the Air Force Civil Engineer Center and 88 Civil Engineer Group is the owner and CMS Corporation was the contractor.

The Safety Innovation Award was presented to Superheat FGH Services for their Superheat SmartCenter.

Steve Bestard of Messer Construction received the Board of Directors Award, which goes to a volunteer who has made significant contributions to CCS. Bestard served on the Board of Directors for six years and served as the Vice Chairman of the Executive Committee for four of those years. He has always been willing to help forward the mission of CCS.

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The Burnie McGinnis Award is the highest honor that CCS bestows upon an individual and is given to someone who has made a significant impact on construction and contractor maintenance safety throughout his or her career. It is not given every year. The Burnie McGinnis was awarded to David Murphy of Pepper Construction. Murphy has dedicated the last three decades to ensuring that every tradesperson leaves the jobsite in the same condition as they arrived. He is known as a progressive leader who approaches safety from a place of empathy, rather than retribution.

The Zero Injury Award is given to companies that did not have a workplace injury or illness the previous year and submit an award application. This year's Zero Injury Award recipients were:

  • AAA Roofing
  • Brandt Construction, Inc.
  • Brehob Corporation
  • Broady Campbell Inc.
  • Browning Chapman
  • Buckingham Construction Corporation
  • Cobalt Civil
  • Denney Excavating
  • Earth Images
  • Geiger & Peters
  • Groundbreakers Hydrovac Excavation
  • HMH Contractors
  • JMH Roofing
  • Kleis Construction
  • Maddox Industrial Contracting
  • Mason Private Locating
  • Mel-Kay Electric
  • Meyer Najem Construction
  • Midwest Associates of Indianapolis
  • Midwest Switchgear
  • N.M. Bunge
  • Performance Services
  • RH Marlin
  • River Town Construction
  • RLTurner Corporation
  • Robinson Trenching & Directional Boring
  • Shiel Sexton Company
  • Smock Fansler Corporation
  • Smoot Construction
  • Summit Construction
  • Superheat FGH Services
  • The Skillman Corporation
  • Thermal Solutions
  • Turner Construction Company
  • US Hydrovac
  • Wurster Construction

The highlight of the evening was the Outstanding Craftsperson Awards. This award gives every CCS member company the chance to publicly honor a craftsperson for their safety efforts. This year's Outstanding Craftspersons:

Kevin Agostino - Patriot Engineering and Environmental
Donnie Anderson - Gibson Lewis of Indianapolis
J.D. Barton - Gribbins Insulation Company
Cody Bell - CMS Corporation
Dave Bilby - BMWC Constructors
Justin Booker - Gaylor Electric
Josh Brown - Snodgrass Sheet Metal
Marc Bucksot - Bright Sheet Metal
Travis Buente - The State Group
Tyler Carter - Mason Private Locating
Nic Conrad - North Mechanical Service
Mike Davis - Industrial Electric
Ryan Davis - Pepper Construction Co. of Indiana
Jon Deater - Greiner Brothers
Jason Devoy - MelKay
David Eastwood - Weddle Bros. Construction
Phil Farrar - GroundBreakers Hydrovac Excavation
Chris Ferguson - O'Rourke Wrecking Company
Mike Fox - AAA Roofing
Rusty Graves - I.U. Health University Hospital
Mark Hofmann - Terstep Company
Mike Humphreys - Kokosing Industrial
Henry Irvin - Meyer Najem
Pedro Jiminez - Geiger & Peters
Zac Lagle - RLTurner Corporation
Dave Leisure - JMH Roofing
David Maddox Sr. - Maddox Industrial Contracting
Jacob Mattingly - Interior Specialties
Jeff Means - Electric Plus
Martin Meza-Garcia - Connor Fine Painting
Paul Nelson - I.U. Health Methodist Hospital
Brian Neitzel - I.U. Health Riley Children's Hospital
Duke Newlin - Wurster Construction
Juvencio Ochoa Morales - Shiel Sexton Company
Steve Palmer - D.A. Dodd
Dustin Parson - Earth Images
Mike Prewitt - Cobalt Civil
Chris Raibley - N.M. Bunge
Silas Rich - HMH Contractors
Alex Reid - Solid Platforms
Mike Roseman - ERMCO
Dakota Sanders - Turner Construction
Joe Sefton - Beaty Construction
Scott Shackelford - Smock Fansler
Keith VanMeter - Messer Construction
Brian Wagner - The Hagerman Group
Josh Werner - Schneider Geomatics
Troy Williams - Brandt Construction
John Workinger - North Mechanical Contracting

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