ENR Southwest is proud to announce the winners of its first annual Best Projects Safety Award. The award will be presented in conjunction with the rest of the Best Projects 2012 winners at a banquet in Phoenix on Nov. 27.

Safety has always been a key criteria in ENR Southwest's Best Projects awards -- in fact, it makes up 20% of the score for every project that is judged, regardless of category. Due to popular demand, we decided to showcase excellence in safety practices by highlighing two projects -- from among the 138 entries we received -- that went above and beyond in safety.

For the safety award, we convened a separate jury comprised of two regional safety experts: Joe Molitor, regional safety manager with Okland Construction Co., and Clark Peterson, western region safety director for Skanska USA Civil.

And the winner is... PHX Sky Train - Stage 1, submitted by Hensel Phelps Construction Co. This $344-million project created three stations and 12,000 lineal feet of guideway, of which 9,000 feet is elevated.

The project team performed more than 3,500,000 man hours, and had zero lost time accidents. As part of the safety awareness plan, Hensel Phelps conducted comprehensive, site-specific project orientations for 4,467 employees from over 300 subcontracting firms over the course of the project.
In addition to a full-time safety manager, safety audit teams made up of staff and craft personnel conducted daily inspections of defined areas of the project. 

There were many outstanding projects among the top contenders in safety, and the judges chose APS Cotton Center Solar Station as the Safety Award of Merit recipient. McCarthy Building Cos. submitted the project, which is located in Gila Bend, Ariz. 

You can read more about both projects' safety performance, as well as congratulate all the other Best Projects winners, at the awards banquet luncheon on Nov. 27th at the Renaissance Downtown Phoenix Hotel. Visit www.bestprojects2012.com for info and registration.

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