Chicago — More than 80 structural steel fabrication and erection facilities are being honored with an AISC Safety Award for their excellent records of safety performance in 2016. Categories include the Safety Award of Honor — the Institute’s top safety award — presented for a perfect safety record of no disabling injuries, as well as the Safety Certificate of Merit and the Safety Certificate of Commendation. All of the winners can be viewed at www.aisc.org/safetyawards.
“AISC’s annual Safety Awards program recognizes excellent records of safety performance, and we commend these facilities for their effective accident prevention programs,” said Tom Schlafly, AISC’s director of safety. “Periodic recognition of safety in the workplace has been demonstrated to provide worker incentive and a reminder of the importance of safe practices.”
The awards program is open to all AISC member fabricators and erectors, and applications for the program are solicited annually. In order to facilitate data collection and make statistics meaningful in terms familiar to safety professionals, the program uses data that companies also report to OSHA. The program recognizes performance measured in terms of Days Away, Restricted or Transferred (DART) rate. The DART measures the number of recordable lost work cases per 200,000 man hours worked. Only the number of cases (not days) which are required to be reported on the OSHA 300A form and cause a lost work day as defined by OSHA are reported to AISC, along with the hours worked in the year.
AISC Safety Awards are given for perfect records (DART=0), excellent records (0<DART≤1) and commendable records (1<DART≤2). Awards are issued separately for fabrication and erection companies. In order to be eligible to win an award, the member company must submit a copy of their OSHA 300A form for verification purposes.