The National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) announced the winners and finalists in NAPA’s 2011 Asphalt Operations Safety Innovations Award. The companies were recognized at a special ceremony during the association’s 57th Annual Meeting in Palm Desert, Calif.
The award recognizes companies that develop innovative ideas or achieve practical outcomes leading to improved worker safety in a roadway, plant site, or quarry environment, and whose safety practices are above and beyond normal safety practices.
The winners of the award were:
- Tilcon New York Inc., an Oldcastle Materials Co., of Wharton, N.J., for its work with Fall Protection Systems Corporation in developing “The Possum,” a telescoping, portable, skid-mounted fall protection system.
- Virginia Paving Co., a division of The Lane Construction Corp., of Stafford, Va., for the invention of a dump truck bed access rack that allows truck drivers to safely enter their dump truck beds for cleaning.
Finalists for the award included:
- IA Construction Corp. of Franklin, Pa., for a channelizer fork that can move a channelizer or asimilar traffic control device on and off the roadway, keeping workers farther away from traffic.
- IA Construction Corp. of Franklin, Pa., for its crusher bar handler tool, which enables employees tolift, move and turn extremely heavy crusher bars with a loader instead of manually.
- Payne and Dolan Inc. of Gladstone, Mich., for its cone and barrel mover, which attaches to the front of a paver and moves traffic control devices out of the paving area.
- Payne and Dolan Inc. of Waukesha, Wis., for its employee-centered safety program that empowers employees to review accident trends, help solve safety concerns, and set safety goals for their peers.
- Virginia Paving Co., a division of The Lane Construction Corp. of Alexandria, Va., for a portable lighted safety flagger station, which considerably increases flagger visibility during nighttime paving projects.