Vulcan, Martin Marietta among NSSGA safety award winners

By |  August 31, 2018

The National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA) revealed the Gold Award recipients of its 2018 Safety Excellence and Sterling Safety Awards.

Among the sites to receive a Safety Excellence Award is Vulcan Materials Co.‘s Corona Stone in Glendale, California, which earns the award in the large category. Two Martin Marietta sites receive Safety Excellence Awards, as well, including the Benson Quarry in Greensboro, North Carolina (medium), and the Helotes Quarry in San Antonio (small).

According to NSSGA, the Safety Excellence Awards were created in 1987 to promote safe working conditions and practices and to recognize individual operations with exemplary safety records among NSSGA member companies. The awards recognize individual operations that have gone the longest without a reportable injury in their size category, based on data provided by the Mine Safety & Health Administration (MSHA).

NSSGA’s Sterling Safety Awards, meanwhile, were created in 1994 to recognize the companies that have the lowest total injury incidence rate for the previous year in their category among NSSGA members, based on data MSHA provides.

Receiving the Sterling Safety Awards this year are Vulcan (large), Martin Stone Quarries (medium) and DeSiato Sand & Gravel (small).

“Ensuring that each employee can go home safely at the end of each shift is the top priority for NSSGA member companies,” says Mike Johnson, NSSGA president and CEO. “As a result of that commitment, according to statistics, it now is safer to work in a quarry than in a retail store.”

NSSGA’s annual awards program recognizes U.S. aggregate operations for their commitment to safety, their continuing performance of safe environmental practices, and their efforts and activities that continue to enhance the image of the industry. NSSGA plans to recognize these Gold Award recipients at the upcoming Legislative & Policy Forum in Washington, D.C.

Kevin Yanik

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Kevin Yanik is the editor-in-chief of Pit & Quarry magazine. Yanik can be reached at 216-706-3724 or

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