Itasca, IL – The National Safety Council recently presented its prestigious Green Cross for Safety Awards to individuals and organizations that have helped save lives and prevent injuries. The Council presented the Excellence Award to PotashCorp, the Innovation Award to The Boeing Company and the Advocate Award to Deputy Police Chief Lou Jogmen of the Park Ridge (Ill.) Police Department.
NSC leadership and award sponsors recognized each winner during a ceremony on Coronado Island in San Diego.
“PotashCorp, The Boeing Company and Deputy Chief Jogmen have helped make our world a safer place to work and live,” said NSC President and CEO Deborah A.P. Hersman. “We are proud to honor them and to recognize all the outstanding finalists that share the Council’s goal of eliminating preventable deaths and injuries in our lifetime.”
PotashCorp recognized that tools and procedures designed to reduce injuries as a whole do not always affect serious injury and fatality (SIF) rates. To close the gap, PotashCorp developed a system to empower workers to identify potential SIF exposure before an incident and provides training so employees can identify potential problems in routine activities. The approach includes reviewing everyday tasks for risk, integrating injury prevention into all safety processes and following up on all incidents for SIF potential.
The Boeing Company developed a fall protection system – the Piranha Lox True Interlock Harness – that disables a work platform if a worker is not properly hooked into his or her Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Falls account for 10% of all occupational deaths each year; in more than 75% of those fatalities, PPE is available but either not used or used incorrectly.
Deputy Chief Lou Jogmen spearheaded the inaugural Illinois Rail Safety Week in 2014 by gathering more than 300 independent police agencies, county sheriff departments, private firms and state agencies to promote public awareness through education, enforcement and rail safety engineering advances. The model has been expanded to other campaigns in Illinois, including distracted driving awareness, and was used to introduce National Rail Safety Week in 2016, co-sponsored by International Association of Chiefs of Police and Operation Lifesaver.
The finalists were selected from over 50 applicants reviewed and evaluated by an external panel. Other finalists included Odebrecht Construction, Chatham County, Ga., Tracey Holmberg of Swedish Medical Center in Denver, Colo., and Trenda McPherson of the Florida Motorcycle Safety Coalition in Tallahassee, Fla.
Visit greencross.nsc.org for additional information about each winner and finalist.