From left, Art Daniel, Jim Davis, Retired Lt. General Russel L. Honoré and Bill Noonan.

The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) recently honored Pond Constructors by selecting them to receive one of three 2018 Willis Towers Watson Construction Safety Excellence Awards (CSEA) for Construction Management. The award ceremony was held during AGC’s 99th annual National Convention in New Orleans.

Jim Davis, Pond Director of Health and Safety, was invited by AGC to attend the Willis Towers Watson CSEA ceremony celebrating safety in the construction industry, featuring keynote speaker Lt. General Russel Honoré, AGC President Art Daniel and William B. Noonan, Executive Vice President Willis Towers Watson’s North America Construction Industry.

The CSEA program recognizes construction companies for developing and implementing safety and health management programs, as well as showcases companies that display continuous improvements and overall maintenance.

Construction companies that are members of the AGC submit applications for review and award consideration, followed by committee selection, and ultimately a five-minute presentation followed by a ten-minute question and answer period with a panel of five judges.

All Willis Towers Watson award candidates are judged on their commitment to safety, as well as their occupational health management and risk control. Judges complete an assessment of the company safety program, employee involvement in safety, management’s commitment to safety, resources and procedures available to promote safety, unique company activities that foster safety and the absence of a fatality within the previous year.

“It’s a privilege and an honor just to be selected by AGC for award consideration and to receive recognition for Pond’s continual improvement efforts specifically with health and safety,” said Davis. “This award further demonstrates Pond’s overarching commitment of preventing all workplace injuries.”

Pond’s dedication to employee health and safety extends from the Peachtree Corners, Georgia headquarters to teams in satellite offices all over the world. Through the utilization of Senior Level Health and Safety Managers, Office Safety Coordinators, Site Safety and Health Officers, monthly health and safety specific coordination calls, and constant health and safety training sessions, Pond sustainably provides their employees with the necessary tools and resources to protect them from recognized and predicted workplace hazards.

Pond utilizes a project lifecycle approach that includes health and safety as a key performance metric at all project stages. Pond team members participating in each field project utilize proactive safety actions such as pre-project kick off meetings, accident prevention planning, activity hazard analysis, job safety analysis assessments, and employee site specific training. This proactive approach allows each participating employee the opportunity to identify and discuss all health and safety concerns and the associated hazards, followed by the development of realistic solutions throughout the project.

“Pond’s tireless efforts to prevent all workplace injuries and accidents are not only reflected in our day to day operations, but also by receipt of the Willis Towers Watson CSEA award in Construction Management,” said Davis.

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