Labor and Economic Opportunity
July 13, 2004 - Northern Concrete Pipe Inc. of Bay City received the Silver Award today from the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) for an outstanding safety and health record. MIOSHA Deputy Director Martha Yoder presented the award to William Washabaugh Sr., president, and Tim Phillips, director of safety.
"Northern Concrete Pipe represents a high-hazard industry and has worked diligently to achieve an accident-free work environment," said Yoder. "This award recognizes their outstanding efforts to protect the safety and health of their workers, while still meeting the challenge facing businesses today 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 Silver Award recognizes one year without a lost-time accident. The MIOSHA program is part of the Michigan Department of Labor & Economic Growth (DLEG).
"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. Two weeks ago, employees and their families were rewarded with a weekend event at the Bay City River Roar to celebrate one year without a lost-time accident.
"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."
This February, Northern Concrete Pipe received the highest safety award for their industry from the American Concrete Pipe Association. They had the best safety record in North America for the largest employer category. Safety is a critical component in the high-hazard precast concrete industry.
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 Charlotte.