"Safety and health is the No. 1 priority for the construction industry, and it’s important that we recognize our member companies for their efforts to lead by example," said Bob Lanham, the association’s President and President of Williams Brothers Construction Co., Inc. in Houston, Texas. “These awards also provide an opportunity for them to share the innovative ideas they are implementing to keep safety at the forefront in the construction industry. This experience makes us all better, which is the goal.”
Choate Construction was judged and selected as the grand award winner from among 15 first-place winners across six occupational divisions. Another Charlotte-based firm, Crowder Construction Inc., was selected as the third-place winner in the under 400,000 work hours category in the Heavy Division. The firms developed and implemented safety and risk control programs through continuous improvement and maintenance of their safety and health management systems. Lanham said that the firm’s commitment to protecting its most valuable asset, the workforce, makes them a leader in the industry.