Northern Concrete Pipe of Bay City Receives State Award for Outstanding Safety and Health Record

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July 16, 2007 - Northern Concrete Pipe Inc. of Bay City received the Gold Award today from the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) for an outstanding safety and health record.  MIOSHA Director Doug Kalinowski presented the award to William Washabaugh Sr., president, and Tim Phillips, director of safety.  The MIOSHA program is part of the Michigan Department of Labor & Economic Growth (DLEG).

The Northern Concrete Pipe Bay City plant has gone more than 1,050 days without a lost time accident.  The company's Lansing facility has also qualified for the CET Gold Award.  Northern Concrete Pipe is the first high-hazard manufacturing company in Michigan to quality for the CET Gold Award in two locations.

"We are honored to present this award to Northern Concrete Pipe.  Yours is an extremely high-hazard industry−and you have worked diligently to achieve an accident-free work environment in both plants," said Kalinowski.  "This award recognizes your outstanding efforts to protect the safety and health of your workers−while still meeting the challenge of being economically competitive."

The MIOSHA Consultation Education and Training (CET) Division recognizes the safety and health achievements of Michigan employers and employees through CET Awards, which are based on excellent safety and health performance.  The CET Gold  Award recognizes an outstanding safety record of 100,000 - 2,000,000 continuous hours worked without days away from work, based on the employer's size and type of business.

"We work in an industry that is very hazardous due to the size of our equipment and products. Our company is committed to safety and will continue to make it our number-one concern for our employees," Washabaugh said.   "We are very fortunate at Northern to have the same commitment from our very dedicated employees."

Northern Concrete Pipe's outstanding safety and health record came from several areas, including  significant employer commitment, an active safety and health committee, job safety analysis (JSA) to identify hazards, near-miss hazard reports, and regular safety and health training.  They also do extensive audits and inspections of the facility, using the "extra set of eyes" of their insurance carrier and outside consultants such as the CET Division of MIOSHA.

Northern Concrete Pipe is committed to the safety and health of every employee and incorporates a substantial incentive program to foster a safe and healthy work environment.  Each year they sponsor several major events to reward employees for their outstanding safety and health achievements. 

"We are very proud of our safety program and all our employees who have worked with MIOSHA to achieve and maintain such a respected level of safe work habits," Washabaugh said.  "Our employees are the award winners."

Reinforced concrete is the most widely used construction material in the world today. Concrete becomes stronger as it ages, unlike other materials that can weaken and decay. Ongoing research continues to improve the strength, durability and longevity of concrete, which will ensure its preeminent position in the construction field of the future.

Since 1958, Northern Concrete Pipe Inc. has been a leader in the precast concrete industry. They manufacture precast reinforced pipe, manholes, catch basins, gate wells, box culverts and other products.  Their production, engineering, sales and distribution staff provides both quality products and services.  They have two manufacturing facilities in Michigan, in Bay City and Lansing. 

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