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Corps of Engineers Honors Dredge America with Two Safety Awards

Dredge America’s Liberty working in Pass Drury channel overlooking entrance to Mobile Bay.

Dredge America’s Liberty working in Pass Drury channel overlooking entrance to Mobile Bay.

Zero Accident Award (from left) – Colonel Pete Taylor, Mobile District; Mike Kerns and J.B. Pellicer, project superintendents for Dredge America; and Stephen Reid, site manager, Mobile District Irvington Site Office.

Zero Accident Award (from left) – Colonel Pete Taylor, Mobile District; Mike Kerns and J.B. Pellicer, project superintendents for Dredge America; and Stephen Reid, site manager, Mobile District Irvington Site Office.

Travis Naeger stands on the dredge Liberty at work in the Fort Gaines Channel, the southern part of the project for which Dredge America received two safety awards. The building in the background is Dauphin Island Sea Lab/Estuarium.

Travis Naeger stands on the dredge Liberty at work in the Fort Gaines Channel, the southern part of the project for which Dredge America received two safety awards. The building in the background is Dauphin Island Sea Lab/Estuarium.

Safety Honor Roll Award (from left to right) – Colonel Pete Taylor, Mobile District; Mike Kerns and J.B. Pellicer, project superintendents for Dredge America; Stephen Reid, site manager, Irvington Site Office; and Nathan Lovelace, quality assurance tea

Safety Honor Roll Award (from left to right) – Colonel Pete Taylor, Mobile District; Mike Kerns and J.B. Pellicer, project superintendents for Dredge America; Stephen Reid, site manager, Irvington Site Office; and Nathan Lovelace, quality assurance tea

Dredge America, Inc., a national portable hydraulic dredging company, was recognized by the United States Army Corps of Engineers Mobile District on December 6 and 7 for two awards: “2006 Zero Accident Award” and “2006 Safety Honor Roll Award.”

Both awards were presented to Dredge America employees Mike Kerns and J.B. Pellicer at a ceremony in Nashville, Tennessee. The awards recognize contractors who maintain zero lost time accidents and deliver exceptional performance in maintaining accident levels below South Atlantic Division (SAD) frequency rates.

Company President Dan McDougle explained that the company maintains a safety culture in which everybody watches out for each other. This philosophy is ingrained in people when they are hired. Emphasis is on wearing safety gear and not taking chances.

The company has an annual week-long Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) training session.

Dredge America is headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, and has five dredges. Usually three are working at one time, for a total of 12 to 14 contracts a year. The company has 25 employees, seven in the office and 18 in the field.

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