NSSGA Announces Gold Safety Awards


The National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA) announced the recipients of this year’s Safety Excellence and Sterling Safety Awards.

“The aggregates industry is committed to developing and upholding a culture of safety at quarries across the nation. We are proud to recognize these outstanding operations for working diligently to ensure that all of their staff makes it home at the end of their shift,” said Michael W. Johnson, NSSGA president and CEO.

The stone, sand and gravel sector has seen the lowest injury rate in history, with just two injuries per 200,000 hours worked in 2015. The milestone also marked the 15th consecutive year that the industry saw fewer injuries than the previous year.

The Safety Excellence Program was created in 1987 to promote safe working conditions and practices and to recognize, on an annual basis, individual operations with exemplary safety records among NSSGA member companies. The awards recognize individual operations that have gone the longest duration without a reportable injury in their size category, based on data provided by the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA).

Safety Excellence Gold Award Recipients

  • Small: Tilcon Connecticut Inc., Southington Sand and Pit (Oldcastle Inc.), New Britain, Conn.
  • Medium: Abilene Blacklease Quarry (Vulcan Materials Co.), Vestavia, Ala.
  • Large: Dalton Quarry (Vulcan Materials Co.), Jacksonville, Fla.

The Sterling Safety Award was created in 1994 to recognize the companies that have the lowest total accident incidence rate for the previous year (2016) in their category among NSSGA members. Data on which the award is based is provided by MSHA.

Sterling Safety Gold Award Recipients

  • Small: Iddings Quarry Inc., Mifflinburg, Pa.
  • Medium: Wiregrass Construction Co. Inc., Dothan, Ala.
  • Large: Specialty Granules Inc., Hagerstown, Md.

The Gold Awards for Community Relations, Safety Excellence and Sterling Safety will be presented at NSSGA’s 2017 Annual Convention in Las Vegas, March 3-7.