The Western Dredging Association awarded Safety Excellence Awards in three categories at its 2018 Dredging Summit & Expo.
The award for a Dredging Project was given to Sevenson Environmental Services Inc. for the Flint River Sediment Remediation East Boulevard Former Manufactured Gas Plant Site. In partnership with Consumers Energy and Barr Engineering, Sevenson remediated sediment from the site in a high-profile project on an active university campus during the Flint water crisis. The project included the mechanical removal and stabilization of more than 84,000 cubic yards of impacted sediments, as well as placement of a six-layered engineered subaqueous cap with more than 115,000 tons of approved fill materials.
Sevenson performed the complex project under increased public scrutiny, and safely logged more than 65,000 man-hours in eight months. The project concluded with zero lost time injuries, zero restricted days, zero recordable injuries, and zero releases to the environment. The company attributes its safety record to the development of four advances in its operations: Temporary Fabric Structure (TFS) management, management of short-service employees, working with other site contractors and elimination of at-risk behaviors.
Paul Jung accepted the award from Julie Hile.
Manson Construction Company
Manson Construction Company was presented with the 2018 Safety Excellence Award for a Dredging Contractor for its safest year on record. In 2017, Manson logged more than one million man-hours worked and exceeded its record for Total Recordable and Lost Time Incident Rates.
By combining elements of a traditional safety management system with employee-engaging strategies such as safety teams that extend from the deck level to the executive team, a mandatory three-phase planning process for all operations, and internal audits to gauge the safety program’s effectiveness, Manson is continuing its mission to achieve zero incidents and injuries.
This record exceeds the Western Dredging Association’s goal of raising safety awareness throughout the dredging and marine construction industry, leading to the Safety Board’s selection of the company for the award this year.
Mike Warwick accepted the award on behalf of the Manson team.
CEDA Dredging and Fluid Management
The award for safety excellence during a dredging project went to CEDA Dredging and Fluid Management for its ongoing work at the Syncrude Mildred Lake Site.
Working in the Athabasca Oil Sands just outside of Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada the CEDA Dredging and Fluid Management (CEDA DFM) team provides ongoing critical support to Syncrude mine tailings, water management, and reclamation activities. The project scope includes supply and operation of service boats, crew transfer boats, dredges, portable pumps, and temporary pipelines as well as ice breaking in the winter to maintain open channels.
Throughout 2017, CEDA operated 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in temperatures ranging from -50.6°C to 37°C (123.8°F to 98.6°F) for approximately 154,450 man-hours with zero recordable incidents.
While executing the technical elements of CEDA’s Safety Management System, the CEDA DFM Syncrude team used Hazard Identification, Safety Observations, and Field Level Hazard Assessment quality inspections to ensure that all employees engaged in the identification and elimination of safety hazards. CEDA’s HSE Dashboards provided increased transparency of activities which led to the team’s ability to proactively identify positive performance and areas for improvement.