20th Annual Construction Safety Excellence Awards

AGC of America announces its Twentieth Annual Construction Safety Excellence Awards sponsored by Willis Towers Watson. Please visit www.agc.org/CSEA to access the application. The deadline for submitting entries to AGC is Friday, December 14, 2018.

BACKGROUND:
The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) Construction Safety Excellence Awards (CSEA) program is the industry’s elite safety excellence awards program. AGC’s CSEA program recognizes companies that have developed and implemented premier safety and loss prevention programs. The program also showcases companies that have achieved continuous improvements and maintenance of their safety and health management systems. All AGC Chapters are encouraged to market and promote the awards program to their membership.
The CSEA recognizes those construction companies that excel at safety and health performance, examining each candidate’s commitment to occupational safety and health management and risk control. AGC’s CSEA selection process is comprehensive and includes: the review of a company’s commitment to management, active employee participation, safety training, work site hazard identification and control, and safety program innovation.
 

INTRODOCTION:
The CSEA recognizes those construction companies who excel at safety and health performance.
This program closely examines each candidate’s commitment to safety and occupational health
management and risk control. AGC’s CSEA selection process is considerably comprehensive.
Judges will look for evidence of company management commitment, active employee
participation, safety training, work site hazard identification and control, and safety program
innovation.

Participants will be required to complete the application form. Chapters will select finalists in
each category (if applicable) and submit those recommendations to AGC. Members of the AGC
Safety & Health Steering Committee will review submittals during the January 2019 AGC
Safety and Health Conference in Miami, FL. The finalists in each category will compete during
the AGC Annual Convention in Denver, CO. Finalists will have an opportunity to give an oral
presentation in front of a panel of judges. If applicable, the first, second and third place awards
will be determined after oral presentations. The award winners will be presented at the Willis
Towers Watson Safety Awards Luncheon.

AWARD CATEGORIES:
First, Second and Third Place Division Awards: Applicants will be competing in each of the
following divisions: Building (GC Only), Construction Management, Heavy, Utility
Infrastructure, Highway, Specialty Contractor, and Vendor and Supplier.

Grand Award: The Grand Award recipient will be selected from the First place award winners
represented in each division and category. This award is granted to the “Best of the Best” for the
Construction Safety Excellence Awards program.

HOW TO ENTER:
Please visit www.agc.org/CSEA for the application form. AGC members are encouraged to
submit a completed application directly to AGC of America or to their local Chapter (if this is
the Chapter’s established process). A list of Chapters is available on AGC’s Web site at
www.agc.org/connect/chapters.

  • Contractor members of AGC of America may apply in only one division and category.
  • The application is a step-by-step qualification process. All sections of the application must be
  • completed in full to qualify.
  • A $250.00 application fee to AGC of America is required upon submission.
  • Each Applicant or Chapter must submit their application to AGC no later than 5 p.m. EST, Friday, December 14, 2018.

CHAPTER NOMINATIONS & RESPONSIBILITIES:
If a Chapter’s award application submission process requires applicants to submit through their office, AGC recommends that Chapters use a process similar to the selection procedures used by AGC of America, including the following:

  • Use the same application form;
  • Give both written submittals and live interview presentations;
  • Engage an independent panel of judges to select candidates for nomination.

Chapters are recommended to review all applications for content and verification.
AGC Chapters must forward the completed/reviewed application(s) along with the following:

  • A nomination letter (if applicable), identifying your Chapter’s nominations for CSEA; and
  • $250.00 entry fee per applicant.

SELECTION OF FINALISTS:
There are four parts to the award selection process:

  • The quantitative measures;
  • The qualitative essays;
  • The program evaluation checklist; and
  • Finalist presentations – finalists will present to a panel of judges at AGC’s Annual Convention.

The awards program is based around three distinct themes:

  • Direct evidence of upper management/owner commitment;
  • Worker training; and
  • Active participation throughout the company.

Lost time injury rates and recordable injury rates are important, but the rates will not be the only metric used to determine the winners.

During the January 2019 AGC Safety & Health Conference, the preliminary judges will review all of the nominees’ written applications. This initial judging process will select the finalists for the CSEA.

AGC will then invite the finalists to make an oral presentation, not to exceed five (5) minutes, to a panel of independent judges during the CSEA Final Judging at the AGC Annual Convention in Denver, CO. The judges will make the final selections, based on the written submissions and the oral presentations. The Grand Award and the First, Second and Third place award winners (if applicable) will be presented in each category during the Willis Towers Watson Safety Awards Luncheon at AGC’s Annual Convention.

SCHEDULE & DEADLINES:
Contact Chapter:  Please contact your Chapter for information on their CSEA process.
December 14, 2018:   Submit applications to AGC of America.
January 14 – 15, 2019:  AGC Safety and Health Committee initial judging and review of applications followed by the selection of awards finalists.
January 16 – 18, 2019:  AGC will notify the finalists in each division and category.
March 30 – April 2, 2019:  Finalists presentations and interviews with the independent judging panel at the AGC of America Annual Convention in Denver, CO.
April 3, 2019:  Awards ceremony presentation at the Willis Towers Watson Safety Awards Luncheon at the AGC of America Annual Convention in Denver, CO.

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