WRScompass is Awarded Third Straight Safety Pays Award from US Army Corps of Engineers for Kissimmee River Restoration Project

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WRScompass received its third Safety Pays Award from the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Jacksonville District for work on the Kissimmee River Restoration project in Central Florida. The latest award was given as recognition for work on the KRR #2B1: C-37 "Widening and Misc Features" portion, from October 2010 to April 2011 with zero lost time accidents.

WRScompass received its third Safety Pays Award from the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Jacksonville District for work on the Kissimmee River Restoration project in Central Florida. The latest award was given as recognition for work on the KRR #2B1: C-37 "Widening and Misc Features" portion, from October 2010 to April 2011 with zero lost time accidents.

"We are proud of our Kissimmee River team and their dedication to the shared safety partnership philosophies of the US Army Corps of Engineers and WRScompass," comments Kathleen Shanahan, Chair and CEO of WRScompass. "The safety of our employees is the single most important priority for our company."

As stated on the USACE Jacksonville District's website, "the purpose of the Safety Pays Program is to reduce accidents to a minimum by encouraging safety awareness at all levels through involvement of the Jacksonville District Partnership consisting of the Government and the Contractor. The overall goal of the Safety Pays Program is recognizing the superior safety efforts being made throughout the Jacksonville District and continuing to build upon the Partnering spirit towards improving safety at all levels."

"The WRScompass team makes safety a day-in day-out priority in the field, meeting every morning and making a diligent effort to bring new team members up to speed," says Hank Yuan, WRScompass’ Project Manager of the C-37 and KRR 13B projects. "As with the KRR 13B project, we work hand in hand with the Corps to coordinate integrating best practices. We are appreciative of the Corps' recognition of our efforts."

The approximately $15.7 million project was awarded to WRScompass in February 2010 and represents the second Kissimmee River Restoration project the firm has been the prime contractor on in the last 3 years. WRScompass' previous project was the $16.9 million KRR #13B Backfill Reach 4 project completed in December 2009, for which WRScompass was awarded two consecutive Safety Pays Awards.

“We are very grateful to the Jacksonville USACE District’s emphasis on safe work. The success of Hank Yuan’s C-37 team comes from a great set of safety values and the perseverance to realize those values. When your partner recognizes achievement of values you both share, it’s much appreciated,” states Doug Nelson, Safety, Quality Assurance & Regulatory Affairs Director for WRScompass.

The Kissimmee River Restoration project in its entirety is intended to restore over 40 square miles of river and floodplain ecosystem including 43 miles of meandering river channel and 27,000 acres of wetlands. Goals of the restoration project are to restore the ecological integrity of the damaged ecosystem by re-establishing historic hydrologic conditions to recreate the historical river/floodplain connectivity, the mosaic of wetland plant communities, and the river's biological diversity and functionality. Restoration efforts will re-establish an environment conducive to the fauna and flora that existed prior to the channeling efforts in the 1960s.

About WRScompass

WRS Infrastructure & Environment, Inc. d/b/a WRScompass has over 27 years of experience in the environmental remediation, geotechnical and civil construction industry. The company employs an experienced, highly skilled technical and professional workforce of over 400. With a nationally recognized safety program and cleanNgreen sustainable remediation initiative, WRScompass offers its customers the dynamic and reliable team they need.

Please visit http://www.wrscompass.com for more information.

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