Encore Electric, Lakewood, Colo., was named the 2019 Construction Safety Excellence Awards Grand Award Winner by the Associated General Contractors of America during the association’s national convention in Denver in early April. 

AGC holds the safety awards program every year to recognize the safest contractors in the U.S. across multiple divisions, including building, specialty, highway and transportation and more.

AGC says that Encore Electric was selected because of the company’s culture of safety as well as innovative safety programs undertaken by the team in the past few years. More than 50 companies made it to the national competition, out of the hundreds who submitted written applications with local chapters. The finalists were then required to present their programs to a panel of nationally recognized safety experts during convention week.

 “I couldn’t be more proud of our tradespeople in the field,” said Jack Cain, director of health and safety at Encore. “We talk about safety and live safety every day.”

Staker Parson Materials & Construction, a CRH Co., hosted the first round of students attending the Utah Diesel Technician Pathways (UDTP) program at Davis Technical College in northern Utah in February. Pictured, from left, Staker Parson equipment manager for Northern Utah, Joe Allen; UDTP students Bracken Shepherd, Jaxon Huffaker, Jaden Dee and Jordan Kranendonk; and Staker Parson mechanic Brian Barker.

“It’s great to be able to bring the students to our shop and see their eyes just light up with excitement,” Barker said. “We were able to show them some of our equipment and the normal repairs we make.”

Staker Parson is one of many local companies involved in the UDTP program, which started in January. The goal is to improve the quality of technicians in the company and throughout the industry.

“With all the UDTP partners involved, students have the chance to experience, first-hand, what it’s like to work in different businesses with different equipment,” Allen said.