... Foremost Pipeline Construction Wins Annual NUCA Safety Award

Foremost Pipeline Construction Wins NUCA Safety Award

The National Utility Contractors Association (NUCA) has awarded Foremost Pipeline Construction Co. of Gaston, South Carolina, the Overall Winner of the association’s William H. Feather Safety Award.

“At Foremost, we want everyone to go home better than they came to work,” said Christopher Vincent, the company’s safety coordinator. “We apply training to our job-specific tasks that our managers gain from NUCA programs. With all of the training we do, policies and procedures we put in place, and the personal protection equipment and tools we provide, safety comes down to watching out for yourself and your brothers and sisters on your crew.”

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Foremost Pipeline Construction Co. of Gaston, South Carolina, was named the Overall Winner of NUCA’s William H. Feather Safety Award.

The company’s impressive record in 2021 of 432,804 man-hours worked with one recordable accident and zero fatalities helped Foremost to the final selection. Foremost takes the approach of safety as being the foundation of every employee’s future. “Without a safe mindset you jeopardize you and your family’s future,” Vincent said.

“Our people do dangerous and important work every day to benefit themselves and their families,” said Tim Haechten, general manager at Foremost. Foremost uses several safety protocols and NUCA/industry training programs to guide their workforce’s actions each day, on and off the jobsite. These protocols include the Last Minute Risk Assessment, and the “Seven Common Causes” reminders on how accidents begin.

These protocols, training and employee self-awareness all contributed to Foremost’s excellent safety record. The 56-year-old company has won four previous Feather safety awards, but this was the first year it was awarded the top honors by NUCA.

The William H. Feather Award was created by NUCA in 1978 to honor the contributions of the founding chairman of NUCA’s Safety Committee, William Feather. The awards recognize the superior safety commitments demonstrated by NUCA members in an industry where jobsites can present hazards on a daily basis. The annual awards are awarded based on the safety documentation submitted by interested member companies and judged by industry safety professionals.

Other NUCA members who won the association’s three lesser 2021 safety awards in these manhour categories include:

  • 0-100,000 manhours — Fehlinger Construction, of Shavertown, Pennsylvania
  • 200,001 – 500,000 manhours — Cleary Construction, of Tompkinsville, Kentucky
  • 500,000 – 1,000,000 manhours — MAC Construction & Excavating, of New Albany, Indiana

The 2021 Overall Award was presented to Foremost Pipeline at the association’s Annual Meeting held March 2-5 of this year in San Antonio, Texas. Foremost Pipeline’s achievement will be the subject of the “SafetyWORKS” column in the March-April 2022 issue of Utility Contractor magazine, a sister publication of North American Energy Pipelines.

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