Shipbuilders Council of America awards Signal International for Excellence in Safety
MOBILE, Ala. - For the seventh time in an eight-year history, Signal International has announced it will receive the Excellence In Safety Award for 2010 from the Shipbuilders Council of America, on April 5, in Washington, DC.
The Shipbuilders Council of America is the largest and most broad-based national trade association representing the US shipyard/marine construction industry. More than 43 companies operating over 100 shipyards and marine facilities comprise its membership.
Each year the Council issues safety awards to companies whose incident rates are below the association's collective average. For the calendar year of 2010, Signal had a total OSHA recordable incident rate of 0.83, compared to the latest industry average (from OSHA and the Bureau of Labor Statistics) of 7.8.
Signal is proud of its record in safety performance with each of the five yards striving to eliminate recordable incidents from the workplace to achieve an incident rate of zero.
Dick Marler, chairman, president and CEO of Signal, noted in a press release the focus on safety began when Signal was formed in 2003: “Each year Signal’s management team has made workplace safety the number one goal. Marler added, that Ron Schnoor, chief operating officer of Signal’s Mississippi and Texas Operations has spearheaded and promoted the development of an effective program with rewards and accountability.”
Signal also commended Bob Beckman, senior vice president and general manager of Signal Ship Repair (SSR) in Mobile, AL. Marler stated, “Since our acquisition of SSR a year ago, Beckman and his team have implemented the Signal International safety program and methods. By embracing our core beliefs of ‘Safety First’ SSR achieved a 1.4 recordable incident rate down from that mirroring the industry average.” To date, they have had no recordable incidents. Signal’s 2011 company-wide incident rate is at 0.41.