Langston Construction Company won first place in the AGC Construction Safety Excellence Awards presented at the AGC of America’s 91st Annual Convention in Orlando, Florida on March 19, 2010. The award recognizes companies who have developed and implemented excellent safety and loss prevention programs through management commitment, employee involvement and program innovation.
To be considered for the award there are two local rounds of competition – a written application to Carolinas AGC and then a presentation to a panel of judges for the opportunity to win a Carolinas AGC award. Langston Construction has won first place in the CAGC awards for the past three years. CAGC winners then move on to compete against similar size and types companies nationwide. At the Annual Convention the company’s safety program is presented to a panel of five judges. This year’s judges were Bill Parsons, Deputy Director of OSHA; Richard Wright, Chief of Safety-U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Mike Fredebeil, National Director of Safety-Willis; Mark Elfrink, Anheuser-Busch Construction Safety manager(retired); and Patrick Conroy, Board of Certified Safety Professionals. Each company was judged on an overview of the company safety program; increased employee involvement in safety; new programs, procedures or resources a company uses to promote safety; specific unique activities the company does or provides to promote safety; and no fatality or multi-catastrophic injuries in the past year.
Doug Pruitt, President of the Associated General Contractors of America announced this year’s winners. Mr. Pruitt said “There’s no better measure of a company’s commitment to quality than the strength of their safety program. While completing magnificent projects is important, protecting hard working employees is essential in this industry.”
President James Braswell accepted the award for Langston Construction Company at the Annual Convention. He said “Participating in the CSEAs gave us the opportunity to see the best safety and health programs from all across the country and bring fresh ideas back to our company to keep improving our safety and health program. It encouraged us to take our program to the next level. Winning the awards at the CAGC level and the National level also allows us to market our safety program to customers with validation of its quality from a third party.”