Skanska Recognizes Contractors Working to Prevent On-the-Job Falls

Jan. 16, 2009
Beaverton, Ore.-based Skanska USA Building Inc. recently awarded top honors to several of its 40 largest subcontractors in a competition aimed at helping eliminate construction-related falls.

This was the ninth year that Skanska has partnered with its Top 40 in the name of creating new and innovative ways to positively impact on-the-job safety.

“This year’s competition brought many fantastic and creative entries,” said Daniel Johnson, vice president of operations with Skanska’s Oregon office. “I am absolutely convinced that falls in our industry can be eliminated based upon all the good work our Top 40 subcontractors have done in the last 9 years.”

This year, the Overall Impact Award went to Harder Mechanical Contractors, Inc. The company received $4,000 for development and implementation of its design for a ladder warning system and will use the money to fully develop this new technology.

Skanska also distributed awards in additional categories:

  • The Best Presentation Award went to Performance Contracting Inc. (PCI), a specialty interior and exterior services company.
  • The Best Prototype Award went to Bratton Masonry in Vancouver, Wash., the largest brick and masonry company in North America.
  • The Uniqueness Award went to Alliance Industrial Group (AIG), a steel erection precast installation and equipment setting company.

Skanska’s Top 40 competition strives to leverage the best leadership of its subcontractor organizations to eliminate all on-the-job falls. Over the past 9 years, Skanska’s Top 40 subcontractors successfully have worked together to create ways to eliminate falls, lacerations and flexibility-related injuries.

More than 100 people attended the award ceremony at The Kingstad Center in Beaverton, Ore., in November.

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Laura Walter

Laura Walter was formerly senior editor of EHS Today. She is a subject matter expert in EHS compliance and government issues and has covered a variety of topics relating to occupational safety and health. Her writing has earned awards from the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE), the Trade Association Business Publications International (TABPI) and APEX Awards for Publication Excellence. Her debut novel, Body of Stars (Dutton) was published in 2021.

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