Construction Safety Professional of the Year (CSPY) & Construction Safety Champion of the Year (CSCY) Awards

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Construction professionals with excellent leadership skills are critical to the efforts of construction firms across the country to achieve their goals of injury free jobsites.  To highlight the successes of these professionals, and to honor their commitment and dedication to ensuring the men and women in the construction industry are afforded a safe and healthy work environment, AGC and Milwaukee Tool have partnered to present the Construction Safety Professional of the Year and Construction Safety Champion of the Year awards.

These awards are presented to a safety and health professional and front-line supervisor/field personnel who has led his or her company to achieving an exceptionally high degree of safety excellence.  These individuals have demonstrated technical expertise in the field of safety and health, contributed to the advancement of safety and health with innovative ideas, and shown leadership in establishing, maintaining, and implementing programs at the jobsite and among their direct reports. 

The online application opens in early October each year and closes in early November. Applications will be reviewed and judged by members of the national AGC Safety & Health Committee and representatives of Milwaukee Tool. Winners will be recognized at the AGC Construction Safety & Health Conference, held in January each year.

Construction Safety Professional of the Year (CSPY)

The Construction Safety Professional of the Year (CSPY) award is dedicated specifically to construction safety professionals from AGC member companies (excluding safety consultants). Nominees can either be corporate, regional or project safety and health professionals.

The 2022 AGC CSPY competition is now closed. The winners were announced at the 2022 Construction Safety & Health Conference, in Glendale, AZ. The 2023 AGC CSPY competition will open October 1, 2022 and the deadline for submission will be November 4, 2022. The application link will be posted on this webpage on October 1, 2022.  

2022 Construction Safety Professional of the Year

Eric Simmons, MBA, CSP

Corporate Safety Director, Helix Electric

Eric Simmons is the Corporate Safety Director for Helix Electric, a large national electrical contractor. Simmons has over 25 years of construction experience and is a licensed master electrician or contractor in 20 states. He is a lifelong learner, with both Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Occupational Safety and Health and an MBA with an emphasis in Human Resource Management. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in education. Simmons is also actively engaged in the safety community serving on several local and national safety committees and participating in multiple industry associations, including the American Society of Safety Professionals and the National Fire Protection Association. He is a member of the UL 745, UL 1088, and UL 1363 Standards Technical Panels, the ANSI A14 and ANSI A92 Committees, and the NFPA 70E and NFPA 350 Technical Committees. He is also an advisory board member for the Safety and Health degree program at Texas A & M, Commerce.

Construction Safety Champion of the Year (CSCY)

The Construction Safety Champion of the Year (CSCY) award is open to any foreman, superintendent, or project manager, from AGC member companies, that supervise work and is responsible for implementing established safety policies among their direct reports and skilled-trade partners.

The 2022 AGC CSCY competition is now closed. The winner will be announced at the 2022 Construction Safety & Health Conference, in Glendale, AZ. The 2023 AGC CSCY competition will open October 1, 2022 and the deadline for submission will be November 4, 2022. The application link will be posted on this webpage on October 1, 2022.  

2022 Construction Safety Champion of the Year

Matt Hendrie

Project Superintendent, Banicki Construction

Matt joined Banicki in 2015, serving as one of their lead structural superintendents. Matt has been the lead structural superintendent on at least one bridge or structures intensive project every year he has been with Banicki. Since joining Banicki, Matt has also instrumental in leading their cultural safety change of achieving an Injury Free Environment (IFE). This means all activities can be safely performed in a completely Injury Free Environment if the proper planning, best practices, and safety engineering controls are implemented.

Matt has ensured this IFE cultural safety mindset was achieved through detailed job hazard analyses he meticulously detailed and planned with structural foreman and carpentry crews to ensure the expectation of achieving an IFE was 100% bought off by Banicki’s work force. Having worked on unique bridge and complex structural projects with Banicki, Matt is directly responsible for raising the expectation level of Banicki’s safety planning to that of perfection while stressing the importance of developing meaningful relationships with Banicki’s work force. 

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