GBRIA Announces Winners of 2023 Contractor Safety Excellence Awards Banquet
Published 10:30 am Saturday, March 25, 2023
BATON ROUGE— The Greater Baton Rouge Industry Alliance, Inc. (GBRIA) announced the winners of its 27th Annual Safety Excellence Awards. The awards were presented at a banquet held on Friday, March 17 at the L’Auberge Resort in Baton Rouge, LA. Approximately 700 guests attended the event, which featured entertainment from “The Cajun Comedian”, Kent Gonsoulin.
The award program was established in an effort to recognize excellent safety performance by contractors working in industrial facilities in 1996 under the leadership of Hal G. Ginn, Plant Manager of DSM Copolymer at the time. Ginn played an instrumental role as the chair of GBRIA in raising safety standards and expectations in industry in the Baton Rouge area, which has spread across the U.S. with other petrochemical and heavy industrial manufacturers.
GBRIA members who nominated their highest performing contractors include Air Liquide, Air Products, Americas Styrenics, BASF, CF Industries, Cornerstone Chemical, Delek – Krotz Springs Refinery, Dow, Eastman, Ethos Energy, ExxonMobil Baton Rouge Complex, ExxonMobil BRPO, ExxonMobil BRPP, Formosa Plastics, Grace, Honeywell (Baton Rouge), Hexion, Innophos, Koch Methanol Terminal, Linde, Lion Elastomers, Koura, Marathon Petroleum, Methanex, Nalco Water, NOVA Chemicals, Nucor Steel, Nutrien, Olin (St. Gabriel and Plaquemine), OxyChem (Convent and Geismar), Placid Refining, Rubicon, Shell Catalysts and Technologies, Shell Chemical (Geismar), Shell (Convent), Shintech Louisiana, SNF Flopam, Solvay USA, Syngenta Crop Protection, Veolia, and Westlake (Geismar and Plaquemine).
The winning contract companies each year demonstrated a level of safety excellence that includes thousands and millions of hours worked without injury, a commitment by management to educate workers, and a fostered zero-incident culture. GBRIA members nominated a total of 63 companies representing more than 250 million hours worked, 120 thousand employees and a combined total recordable incident rate of 0.19, the lowest number ever achieved by GBRIA’s nominees.
The 2023 GBRIA Contractor Safety Excellence Awards were presented in eight service categories with companies being further subdivided in each category by either Division I, Division II or Division III based on company size.
The following companies are GBRIA’s 2023 award recipients:
General Construction and Maintenance
Div. I (200K to 450K Hours):
1st Place: Pipe and Steel Industrial Fabricators
2nd Place: Arkel Constructors
3rd Place: Volks Constructors
Div. II (900K to 1.6M Hours):
1st Place: AltairStrickland
2nd Place: Optimal Field Services, LLC
3rd Place: Primoris Energy Services
Div. III (3M to 34.6M Hours):
1st Place: Repcon
2nd Place: EXCEL
3rd Place: Brown & Root Industrial Services & Worley Field Services (tie)
Civil Construction (300K Hours)
1st Place: Beard Construction Group
Commercial Construction (170K Hours)
1st Place: The McDonnel Group
Crane & Rigging (290K to 1.6M Hours)
1st Place: Deep South Crane & Rigging
2nd Place: Bengal Crane
Specialty Trade Hard Craft
Div. I (281K to 1.5M Hours):
1st Place: Merit Electrical Inc.
2nd Place: Westgate LLC
3rd Place: Cust-O-Fab Specialty Services
Div. II (2M to 4.3M Hours):
1st Place: Contech Control Services, LLC
2nd Place: JVIC (A Zachry Group Company)
3rd Place: Turner Specialty Services, LLC
Div. III (5M to 9.8M Hours):
1st Place: ISC Constructors
2nd Place: MMR Constructors
3rd Place: Triad Electric and Controls
Specialty Trade Soft Craft
Div. I (62K to 450K Hours):
1st Place: NextGen Scaffold Services
2nd Place: Specialty Application Services
3rd Place: Conco Services, LLC
Div. II (670K to 2M Hours):
1st Place: 3S Team
2nd Place: Thorpe Specialty Services Corporation
3rd Place: Industrial Specialists
Div. III (6M to 18M Hours):
1st Place: Brock Services
2nd Place: Apache Industrial Services
3rd Place: BrandSafway
Div. I (29K to 135K Hours):
1st Place: Bunker Gear Specialists
2nd Place: Bertrand Inspection Services
3rd Place: Loadstar Product Handling and Site Logistics
Div. II (190K to 423K Hours):
1st Place: Technical and Environmental Services
2nd Place: Athlon Solutions
3rd Place: Austin Fire Systems
Div. III (6.2M to 9.3M Hours):
1st Place: Acuren Inspection, Inc.
2nd Place: Total Safety U.S.
3rd Place: PSC Group
Marine Construction (150K Hours)
1st Place: Stewart Constriction
GBRIA also announced Performance Contractors as the winner of the Community Service Award and Apache Industrial Services as the winner of the Innovation Award.
This year, we had two top awards; the 2023 Hal G. Ginn Safety Excellence Award, was earned by AltairStrickland and Brock Services for the best overall safety performance of all nominees.