Shipbuilders Council of America awards Austal USA for Excellence in Safety
The Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA) announced this week it had congratulated Austal USA in a letter for earning the 2010 SCA Award for Excellence in Safety. This honor is awarded to the shipyard members of the Association with the lowest total recordable incidence rates (TRIR) based on a quarterly injury and illness survey conducted by the SCA. This year, Austal contributed to the SCA’s lowest TRIR averages ever. According to Austal’s Health, Safety and Environmental Manager, Mr. Chris Blankenfeld, Austal’s overall TRIR average at the completion of 2010 was 45 percent below the (2010) average goal set by the SCA.
Ian Bennitt, SCA’s Manager of Government Affairs, stated in the letter, “Winning this award is a testament to Austal’s commitment to safety!”
Austal USA President and Chief Operating Officer, Joe Rella commented in the press release, “We are extremely honored to receive this award two years in a row. As Austal grows, our dedication and commitment to the continued improvement of safety practices at our facility becomes more and more important to our current employees as well as to our recruitment program. A reputable safety record is a company-wide effort and we couldn’t be more pleased with our team’s performance.” Mr. Rella was joined by Austal USA Board Members Lawrence Caviola and William Earner, Austal Ltd. Chairman John Rothwell, and Austal Ltd. Chief Executive Officer Andrew Bellamy in congratulating Mr. Blankenfeld on a job well done.