Metals Service Center Institute Announces Winners of its Annual Safety Awards

May 16, 2022

The Metals Service Center Institute has presented its 2021 Safety Innovation and Culture Improvement awards, which recognize metals organizations that develop innovative approaches to drive safety improvement towards a zero-harm environment.

The Safety Innovation Award recognizes a single company that has implemented new tools or processes that keep workers out of harm’s way. Winners must demonstrate dramatically reduced occupational risk or exposure. This year’s winner: Infra-Metals Co. and Delta Steel Inc. Group, a member of the Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co. family of companies. The company’s Infra-Metals Trailer Rail Safety System is a fall-prevention device that eliminates the fall hazard that would normally require a fall-protection device.

The Safety Culture Improvement Award recognizes companies that implemented a company-wide initiative to increase employee interest and engagement in worker safety or educate teams about the importance of safety. The 2021 recipients:

For companies with less than 150 full-time employees, Leeco Steel, an O’Neal Industries affiliate company. Leeco implemented an enhanced company-wide safety communications program across its 11 distribution centers to educate and empower employees. The program includes monthly safety meetings for all warehouse employees, weekly safety reminder meetings at each location, and the encouragement of open, continuous feedback between team members. 

For companies with 150-1000 employees, Chatham Steel Corporation, a member of the Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co. family of companies. Chatham transitioned to an online safety-observation reporting tool, which has improved participation and resulted in robust conversations about employee safety. The company also developed a course with a behavioral psychologist to help leaders develop tools to change behavior and help employees become more aware of, and solve for, risks.

For companies with more than 1000 employees, the award went to SSAB Americas, which requires all employees to participate in SafeStart, a training program that develops awareness of how personal states like rushing or fatigue lead to critical errors. 

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