NMAPC Honors 14th Annual Zero Injury Safety Awards® Winners

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Annual Gala Recognizes More than 20.1 Million Injury-Free Work Hours Performed by 89 Tripartite Teams in Union Construction and Maintenance Industry

Superior Construction Company, BP Products North America and the Northwestern Indiana Building and Construction Trades Council received the Gold Star award for 1,766,490 injury-free hours worked.

The National Maintenance Agreements Policy Committee, Inc. (NMAPC) is pleased to congratulate the winners of the 14th Annual Zero Injury Safety Awards® (ZISA®), the premier safety recognition program in the union construction and maintenance industry.

The ZISA® Gala was held on Thursday, October 23 at the historic National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.

Each Zero Injury Safety Award® recognizes an alliance between owner-clients, signatory contractors and local and international unions who worked together in a tripartite fashion to achieve zero injuries on their industrial construction and maintenance projects.

For the first time this year, projects performed under the National Construction Agreement, a project labor agreement administered by the North American Contractors Association, were deemed eligible to be nominated for Zero Injury Safety Awards®. In the past, only projects performed under the National Maintenance Agreements and National Power Generation Maintenance Agreements were eligible for consideration.

This year, 89 winning tripartite teams were honored, including four teams that worked together under the auspices of the National Construction Agreement. Altogether, the 89 winning teams accounted for more than 20.1 million injury-free hours worked in calendar year 2013, bringing the grand total of injury-free work hours recognized to more than 162 million since the ZISA® program began fourteen years ago.

The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the top ZISA® honor – the Gold Star Awards, reserved for projects that have documented more than one million injury-free hours. This year the top Gold Star Award went to Superior Construction Company (contractor), BP Products North America (owner-client) and the Northwestern Indiana Building and Construction Trades Council (labor) for 1,766,490 injury-free hours worked at the BP Whiting Refinery in Whiting, Indiana.

A second tripartite team – BMWC Constructors (contractor), ExxonMobil (owner-client) and the Will and Grundy Counties Building Trades Council (labor) – also received a coveted Gold Star Award for 1,003,381 injury-free hours worked at the Joliet Refinery in Joliet, Illinois.

Another top team was the State Group Industrial (USA) Limited (contractor), Alcoa Inc. (owner-client) and the Southwestern Indiana Building Trades Council (labor). This tripartite alliance was awarded the top ZISA® Silver Star Award for 950,299 injury-free work hours performed at the Warrick Generating Station in Newburgh, Indiana. Eight other tripartite teams also received Silver Star Awards, which are given to projects that have documented between 500,000 and 999,999 hours worked without a recordable injury.

This year’s top award in the Bronze Star category, for injury-free projects between 200,000 and 499,999 hours, went to Amex Nooter LLC (contractor), BP Products North America (owner-client) and United Association Local 597 (labor) for 475,581 injury-free work hours performed at the Whiting Refinery in Whiting, Indiana. Nineteen other tripartite teams also received Bronze Star Awards.

The Certificate of Merit category recognizes projects that have documented between 50,000 and 199,999 work hours performed without a recordable injury. This year’s top Certificate of Merit winners were Enerfab Corporation (contractor), AK Steel (owner-client) and the Tri-State Building Trades Council (labor) for 178,467 injury-free work hours performed at the Ashland Works in Ashland, Kentucky.

NMAPC congratulates all of this year’s winners. For more information about ZISA®, including pictures from this year’s Gala, go to http://www.zisa.org.

ABOUT NMAPC: The National Maintenance Agreements Policy Committee, Inc. negotiates and administers the National Maintenance Agreements, a series of collective bargaining agreements utilized by more than 2,000 industrial construction and maintenance contractors who employ members of 14 building trades international unions. The agreements provide a cost-effective vehicle for contractors and skilled building trades workers to perform construction, maintenance and repair work for the country’s industrial and manufacturing base.

The NMAPC was the first national labor management organization in the construction industry to become incorporated, and is based in the philosophy of tripartite cooperation between the customer, contractor and union craft personnel. To date, the NMAPC program has accounted for more than 2 billion work-hours for the building trades and contractors.

About IMPACT (http://www.impact-net.org): The Ironworker Management Progressive Action Cooperative Trust (IMPACT), affiliated with the Iron Workers International Union, is a labor-management partnership designed to create work opportunities in the ironworking industry. Our primary mission is to provide a forum for Ironworkers and signatory contractors to discuss effective strategies aimed to expand job opportunities through innovative labor-management cooperative programs. IMPACT provides expertise in training, construction certifications, marketing, construction project tracking and bidding, insurance and Davis-Bacon compliance efforts. IMPACT also administers a world-class substance abuse program to ensure that Ironworkers are safe, drug-free and ready to work.

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