Matt Haynie accepts the Contractor Safety Award for first-time winner OMNI Engineering. ARTBA Senior Vice President of Safety & Education Brad Sant, left, and ARTBA Foundation Chairman Paul Yarossi of HNTB Holdings, right.

 By Eileen Houlihan, senior writer/editor, ARTBA

Transportation construction companies from three states were recognized for their outstanding employee safety programs during a Sept. 23 ARTBA Foundation luncheon at the association’s National Convention in Savannah, Ga.

The annual “Contractor Safety Awards” were created to promote worker safety and health as core values of the transportation design and construction industry. Finalists were selected based on objective information provided to ARTBA that demonstrated outstanding safety performance. Judges chose two finalists in each of three categories, based on employee hours worked during the previous year, to compete for the award during the association’s meeting.

Representatives from each company made presentations at the convention to a panel of industry professionals. Winners were selected based on demonstration of key principles of safety excellence including management commitment, employee participation, incident investigation, auditing, planning and risk assessment. Awards were presented as follows:


  • Less than 500,000 hours: OMNI Engineering, Omaha, Neb.
  • 500,000 to 1 million hours: Barriere Construction Company, LLC, Metarie, La.
  • More than 1 million hours: Superior Construction, Jacksonville, Fla.