Awards

2019 Awards Application

We invite CalCIMA members to apply for 2019 CalCIMA Excellence in Safety Awards.  The awards strive to recognize the best in what is happening at members’ mining, manufacturing, and concrete operations.  There are several award categories.
 
Mine/Plant Award Categories:
Aggregate (large & small operations)
Ready Mixed Concrete
Industrial Mineral
Cement
Mine Contractor

 
Individual Award Categories:
Outstanding Safety Leadership Award (for personnel and managers)
Safety Professional Award (for safety managers) 
 
The awards are premised on the idea that operators are constantly striving to improve safety, often in ways that are not readily evident through traditional statistics.  In essence, your mine or plant has had good safety improvement or performance; so, tell the judges the story about how that was achieved.  Let them know what precipitated a change, what obstacles were overcome, what changes were made, how different levels of the company helped achieve the improvement, and how it has worked. 

Be specific on achievements, and illustrate them to the extent possible.   
 
Award applications are due Sept. 13, 2019.   Award presentations will be at the 2019 CalCIMA Education Conference, Nov. 17-20 at Silverado Resort in Napa. 

Awards Criteria

Overview
These awards recognize exceptional contributions to safety, including leadership, innovation, commitment, and impact of the safety program.  The application process emphasizes a narrative approach to seek out achievements, actions, and commitments not otherwise easily quantified. 

Award Categories

Mine/Plant Awards (several categories):
Small aggregate (19 or fewer employees)
Large aggregate (20 or more employees)
Ready mixed concrete
Industrial mineral
Cement
Mine contractor

 
Individual Awards:
Outstanding Safety Leadership Award (broadly available for workers and managers, including miners, equipment operators, shop personnel, drivers, scale house personnel, technicians, mechanics, foremen, supervisors, and plant managers)
Safety Professional Award (only for safety managers)

Eligibility

  • Membership in CalCIMA
  • Companies may submit applications for multiple mines, plants, and individuals.
Application

Click here to begin the online application
Click here to download a copy of the application and criteria


You may fill out as many applications as you please, but there should be one application per mine, plant, or individual. This means one application cannot cover several mines, plants, or individuals.  The intention is that each application is unique, and provides individualized information about how that mine, plant, or individual achieved a commendable safety performance.

Complete applications include the following:

Information Sheet
– Basic data on the nominee (Questions 1-4 online or Attachment A on the downloadable form).

Letter from Company Principal – Applications are required to be accompanied by a cover letter from senior management.  For the Outstanding Safety Leadership Award, the cover letter should be from the mine/plant manager and a safety professional.  The cover letter needs to be signed. Upon completion of the online application, please email letter to Courtney Orozco at corozco@calcima.org.
 
Narrative Description  - The narrative is the most important part of the application.  This narrative explains to the judges why the applicant is deserving of an award.  The award criteria guides what to address.  Please provide as much detail as necessary to inform the judges why your nominee deserves to win.  PowerPoint is not acceptable in lieu of the narrative. This is question #5-8 in the online application and it is Attachment C on the downloadable form.

Additional Information – Supporting photos or other documentation are required to explain engineering and communication accomplishments.  However, supporting information—including statistics, documents, pictures, diagrams, data, testimonials, etc.--is also welcome to describe other aspects of an application. Upon completion of the online application, please email supplemental documentation or photos to Courtney Orozco at corozco@calcima.org.

Award Descriptions & Criteria 

Mine/Plant Awards – These awards recognize the overall safety accomplishments and progress of mines and plants -- the combined efforts of management and personnel.  Photos or other appropriate documentation are required to explain engineering or communication achievements. Please provide specific information for each of the judging criteria below:
  1. Leadership – this includes commitment and dedication, including contributing to and supporting a safety culture, communicating safety or motivating personnel.
  2. Innovation and creativity – this includes engineering solutions, specific accomplishments, progress, or performance.
  3. Impact of the safety program’s influence or participation beyond the plant and/or the company.
  4. Summation of why the mine, plant, or contractor and its personnel are outstanding and deserving of the award.
Outstanding Safety Leadership Award - This award recognizes individuals for safety leadership.  Applications can be based on specific or on-going acts your company thinks deserving of the award.  The award is broadly available for workers and managers, including miners, equipment operators, shop personnel, drivers, scale house personnel, technicians, mechanics, foremen, supervisors, plant managers, and others at the mine or plant (but, it is not for personnel whose primary duty is safety).  Nominations can be submitted either by the company or by employees as a team.  Photos or other appropriate documentation are required to explain engineering or communication achievements. Please provide specific information for each of the judging criteria below:
  1. Leadership – this includes commitment and dedication, including contributing to and supporting a safety culture.
  2. Innovation and creativity –  this includes engineering solutions, specific accomplishments, progress, performance, or heroics.
  3. Impact of the individual’s safety influence or participation beyond the candidate’s plant and/or company.
  4. Summation of why the individual is outstanding and deserving of the award.
Safety Professional Award – This award recognizes safety managers and other personnel whose primary duties are related to safety. Nominations can be submitted either by the company, an individual, or by a professional colleague.  Applications should include a cover letter and narrative. 
  1. Leadership – this includes commitment and dedication, including contributing to and supporting a safety culture.
  2. Innovation and creativity –  this includes engineering solutions, specific accomplishments, progress, performance, or heroics.
  3. Impact of the individual’s safety influence or participation beyond the candidate’s plant and/or company.
  4. Summation of why the individual is outstanding and deserving of the award.
Judging

A panel of judges selected by CalCIMA’s Safety & Health Committee will determine the winners. The judging panel can include company, agency, and third party representatives.  Judges will not review applications from their own company or for their personnel. Scoring summaries and judging sheets will be confidential.  Instructions will be provided to the judges.

The awards are broadly construed to recognize outstanding safety leadership, creativity, and commitment, but are not limited to defined criteria.  The judging panel reserves the right to exercise discretion and/or request additional information. 

The judges will read each application. If duplicate applications are submitted to cover more than one mine or plant, they may deduct points.

The judging panel reserves the right not to present an award in a category and, conversely, to give more than one award in a category.

Tips for Applicants
  • The narrative is important!
  • Make sure the narrative description is detailed and addresses criteria.  
  • Provide examples, illustrations, and testimonials. These help a lot! 
  • Make sure there is the required cover letter.
  • Mines, plants, or individuals can re-apply from year-to-year.  The committee is always interested in new developments!
  • Companies can submit more than one application per category, and can apply in multiple categories.  But, each needs to be a separate application.
 Don'ts
  • Regions or divisions are not eligible; the awards are per mine or plant.
  • Asphalt plants are not eligible.
  • Don’t submit PowerPoint presentations in lieu of an essay.
 

2018 Excellence in Safety Winners Honored

CalCIMA honored the winners of the 2018 Excellence in Safety Awards during their Education Conference at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa on November 13th. The awards criteria is based on some fundamental principles: Leadership, Innovation and Creativity.

The awards were presented by Kevin Hirsch, Acting District Manager with the US Mine Safety & Health Administration (MSHA) and CalCIMA Safety Committee Co-Chair, Meghan Neal with Lehigh Hanson Region West. 

Congratulations to all of the deserving recipients.  Safety Matters. 
 








 

 

 

2017 Excellence in Safety Winners 

 




 

 
 
 

 
 

 

Excellence in Safety Award Recipients

2016
Safety Leadership Award            Ramiro Murillo – Lead Kilnman, Natividad Plant, Lhoist North America
Safety Professional Award          Brian Bigley – Safety Manager, Tehachapi Plant, Lehigh SW Cement
Small Aggregate                         CalPortland’s Garey Aggregate Plant
Large Aggregate                         Vulcan Materials Western Division’s Corona Quarry
Industrial Mineral                         Lhoist North America’ Natividad Plant,
                                                    Specialty Minerals, Inc’s Lucerne Valley Plant
Cement                                       Lehigh Southwest Cement’s Tehachapi Plant,
Ready Mixed Concrete               CalPortland’s Ontario Concrete Product Plants
                                                   Central Concrete Supply Co., Inc.’ Pleasanton Plant,
 
2015
Safety Leadership Award            Brad RiechersGraniterock’s Southside Sand & Gravel
                                                    Gerardo ValenciaLhoist No. America’s Natividad Plant
Small Aggregate                         Lehigh Hanson’s Oakland Tidewater Plant
Large Aggregate                         Graniterock’s A.R. Wilson Quarry
Industrial Minerals                       L’Hoist No. America’s Natividad Plant
Cement                                       Lehigh SW Cement’s Tehachapi Plant
Ready Mixed Concrete               Lehigh Hanson’s San Luis Obispo Plant
 
2014
Safety Leadership Award            Paulo Machado, Cemex’s Modesto Ready Mix Plant
                                                    Gary Andrade, Graniterock’s Southside Sand & Gravel
Small Aggregate                         Graniterock’s Southside Sand & Gravel
Large Aggregate                         Lehigh Hanson’s Clayton Quarry
Industrial Minerals                       Lhoist’s Natividad plant
Cement                                       Lehigh Southwest Cement’s Tehachapi Plant
Ready Mixed Concrete               CalPortland’s Live Oak Ready Mix Plant
                                                    Lehigh Hanson’s Slaughterhouse Canyon
 
2013
Small Aggregate Mine                Calaveras Materials Inc.’s Merced Aggregate Mine
Large Aggregate Mine                Lehigh Hanson’s Irwindale Rock Plant
Industrial Mineral Mine               Lhoist North America’s Natividad Plant
Ready Mixed Concrete               Lehigh Hanson’s Paso Robles Plant
Cement                                       TXI Riverside Cement’s Crestmore Quarry

2012
Safety Leadership Award           Sherry RobertsonGranite Construction Co.’s Handley Ranch Quarry
Small Aggregate Mine                Santa Fe Aggregates’ Waterford Plant
Large Aggregate Mine                Lehigh Hanson’s Carroll Canyon Rock Plant
Industrial Mineral Mine               Elementis Specialties, Inc’s Hector Mine
Ready Mixed Concrete               CalPortland Construction’s Solvang Plant
 
2011 
Small Aggregate Mine                Teichert Aggregates' Hallwood Plant
Large Aggregate Mine                United Rock Products' Irwindale Plant
Industrial Mineral Mine               Specialty Granules, Inc.'s Ione Plant
Ready Mixed Concrete               CalPortland's West Los Angeles Plant
 
(2008-2010 awards given to plant managers)
 
2010 
Small Aggregate Mine                James O’Brien, Los Banos Plant Manager, Vulcan Materials, West Div.
Large Aggregate Mine                Randy Riberdy, Sun Valley Plant Manager, Vulcan Materials, West Div. 
Ready Mixed Concrete               Tom Bascue, Los Banos/Gustine Plant Manager, Vulcan Materials, WD
                                       
2009 
Small Aggregate Mine                Dean Browning, GM, Holliday Rock, Co., Inc.
Large Aggregate Mine                Greg Wilkerson, Corono Quarry Manager, Vulcan Materials, West Div.
                                                    Michael Cunningham, Perkins Plant Manager, Teichert Aggregates
Industrial Minerals                       Mike McGath, Hector Mine Manager, Elementis Specialties, Inc.
Ready Mixed Concrete                Lenny Price, Operations Manager, CalPortland 

2008
Small Aggregate Mine                Chuck Berry, Plant Operations Manager, Raisch Products
Large Aggregate Mine                Alan Armstrong, Corona Quarry Manager, CEMEX
Cement Plant                              Mike Robertson, Colton Plant Manager, CalPortland
Industrial Minerals                      Jerry Stacy, Plant Manager, Gladding, McBean Co.
                                                   Doug Mayger, General Manager, Specialty Minerals, Inc.
Ready Mixed Concrete               Ted Cordts, Colton Operations Manager, CalPortland