Miami International Airport's $259.4-million Automated People Mover System project has won ENR's inaugural 'Best of the Best' award for project safety. An independent, national panel of safety experts bestowed the honor on the Miami project after reviewing all of the top safety award winners from ENR's Regional 'Best Projects' competitions.
Referred to as the MIA Mover, the project was comprised of a 1.27-mile-long elevated rail line connecting a new station that serves all of the airport's terminals to an intermodal center. As ENR Southeast previously reported, construction crews building the new APM station were challenged by the site's close proximity to two existing parking garages that left just 10 ft of separation between the project and the existing structures.
The project, which logged nearly 1.5 million man-hours, attained an OSHA incidence rate of 0.27.
ENR's safety judges were highly impressed, and their scores made the MIA Mover a clear winner for this inaugural national safety award. Said one judge: "This safety program exceeds my expectations in detail, content and execution, rendering excellent results."
"This project's focus on keeping people at all levels engaged, accountable and recognized is how world-class results are achieved," added another. "This project is first (in safety) not based on hours, but leadership and execution of safety systems that work."
In late 2012, ENR Southeast recognized he MIA Mover project with not only its Best Project Safety award, but also the Best Transportation Project award.
This project, along with all of the other 'Best of the Best' winners, will be highlighted in the upcoming February 11th print issue of ENR.