GBRIA Announces Winners of 2023 Contractor Safety Excellence Awards Banquet

Published 10:30 am Saturday, March 25, 2023

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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


Technical Support

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.