Wyoming's Top Safety and Workforce Efforts Recognized at 2018 Summit

CHEYENNE - Governor Matt Mead joined the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services (DWS) and its partners in honoring Wyoming employers or individuals demonstrating excellence in safety and workforce practices this week. Individuals and partnerships that advance workforce development in Wyoming's communities were also recognized for their efforts.

The awards ceremony took place at the 2018 Wyoming Safety and Workforce Summit, a joint effort between DWS, the Wyoming OSHA Commission and the Wyoming Workforce Development Council. The Summit is an event held by the partners and speaks to both safety as way of life and the strengthening of Wyoming's workforce.

Governor Mead signed a proclamation designating the week of June 18-22 Workplace Safety Week in Wyoming, and he emphasized the work of Wyoming Safety Alliances. "We have moved the needle on workplace safety but more work remains," said Governor Mead. I thank the Safety Alliances, as well as Wyoming business owners and workers for their efforts year-round and I commend the award recipients for recognizing safety as a priority."

"This annual event speaks to the intersection of workforce development and safety culture," said Department of Workforce Services Director John Cox. "With this Summit, the department and its partners, who include numerous safety groups, send the message that a strong safety culture and a strong, innovative workforce go hand-in-hand."

WOGISA Vice President Lannie Fladeland assisted with the presentation of the WOGISA Stop Work Authority Award. "The Stop Work Authority Award recognizes an immediate and proactive mechanism to identify and prevent incidents and fatalities," Fladeland said. "I applaud award recipient Joe Parrish of Mountain States Pressure Services. By calling for work to stop, Joe prevented what could well have been a fatal workplace accident."

State Mine Inspector Terry Adcock assisted with the presentation of the Governor's Safety Awards for Mining and Industry. "The recipients of the Governor's Safety Awards for Mining provide an important opportunity to focus on an essential commitment made by Wyoming businesses - those that have made worker safety a high priority," Adcock said.

Wyoming Workforce Development Council Chairman Jim Engel presented the Council's Workforce Awards. "The Wyoming Workforce Development Council Workforce Awards are our chance to highlight workforce innovation and high-impact partnerships in Wyoming's communities," he said. "It is this innovation that helps to form the future of Wyoming's workforce."

The Governor's Stop Work Authority Award

The Stop Work Authority Award recognizes an action that has taken place at a project or work site in Wyoming. The award honors an individual or group who engaged in a tangible action to stop the work or task due to a perceived, potential or actual hazardous condition.

Award Recipient:

  • Joe Parrish, Mountain States Pressure Services, Inc.

The Governor's Safety Awards for Mining and Industry

The Governor's Safety Awards for Mining and Industry are presented annually to acknowledge an employer's commitment to excellence in safety and health. The winners of the awards are chosen based on strong safety records, management and employee involvement in health and safety decisions and a robust hazard identification program, among other elements.

Award Recipients:

  • Redi Services, LLC, Mine-Site Contractor - Small Employer
  • GK Construction, Mine-Site Contractor - Large Employer
  • Black Hills Energy, Wyodak Mine, Mining - Small Employer
  • Thunder Basin Coal Company, Black Thunder Mine, Mining - Large Employer
  • Redi Services, OSHA Award for Oil & Gas and Construction Industries - Large employer
  • Dale Weaver, Inc., OSHA Award for Oil & Gas and Construction Industries - Small employer
  • Automation & Electronics, Inc., OSHA Award for Public and General Industries - Large employer
  • Great Basin Enterprises, OSHA Award for Public and General Industries - Small employer
  • Life Care Center of Cheyenne, Workers' Compensation Path to Safety Excellence Award - Large employer
  • Alternative Elder Living, Inc., Workers' Compensation Path to Safety Excellence Award - Small employer

The Wyoming Workforce Development Council Workforce Awards

These awards recognize companies that demonstrate excellence in their contribution to the workforce system, economic development and education in Wyoming.

Award recipients:

  • Pizza Carello, Workforce Development Council's Small Employer of the Year Award
  • Laramie Adulting 101, Workforce Development Council's Youth Partnership of the Year Award

For more information about the 2016 Wyoming Safety and Workforce Summit, visit wyomingworkforce.org.

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