February 27, 2018 – Denver, CO — During the national conference of the Associated General Contractors (AGC) in New Orleans, LA, today, Encore Electric President Willis Wiedel and Encore Electric Safety Director Jack Cain accepted the National Construction Safety Excellence Awards second place award for specialty contractors working one to three million man hours each year.
The Construction Safety Excellence Awards recognize construction companies who excel at safety performance and those who have an exceptional commitment to safety and occupational health management as well as risk control.
“I am really pleased with this recognition on a national level,” said Willis Wiedel. “Encore Electric has worked 11 million man hours without a lost time injury, and with the intensity of construction in the Rocky Mountain Region, it has been tough to do. We believe our safety focus has led to very high quality work for our customers. To be recognized among these elite organizations is amazing.”
“Maintaining a safety attitude and safety behaviors takes an entire team,” said Jack Cain. “Every day, we work together to ensure safety is at the forefront of our work. We could not do that without Encore University. With nearly 100 classes, 39 of which are focused on safety, we provide specialized training and education to give craftsmen opportunities to learn about areas critical to their roles.”
Encore Electric applied for the award in November 2017, and after being notified of status as a finalist, prepared a presentation for the awards jury, which included representatives from sponsor Willis Tower Watson, the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Navy, AstraZeneca, the Board of Safety Professionals and the AGC. Encore Electric Human Resources Director David Scott and Encore Electric Senior Superintendent Bob Friedel led the presentation.
“We left it all out there,” said David Scott. “I was really happy that we could share our safety story andour unique approach to safety with Encore University.”
“It was a tough process,” said Bob Friedel. “But we shared our story and talked about what makes us different. It was great to be there to represent the entire Encore Electric team.”
Judging was based on company management commitment, active employee participation, safety training, work site hazard identification and control and safety program innovation.
The team would like to send a special thank you to Kevin Villegas who wrote the original application and teamed with Kelly Uhlenhopp and Dale Weis to coach the team in preparation for the presentation.