Winners of this year's VMA Safety Award are:
Cooper & Claiborne Construction
Four Square Industrial Contractors
Gallagher Lawn Service
Insulation Specialties, INC ISI
Matthews Construction Co.
Rudy L. Hawkins Electrical Contractor
SW Funk Construction
Thompson Industrial Services
Central York Corporation
Lewis Brothers Industrial Flooring
MPW Industrial Services
Rebound Industrial Maintenance
Alliance Material Handling, Inc.
Brown & Root Industrial Services
Contact Switchgear Service
D & D Mechanical
Eagle Fire, Inc.
Elite Force Staffing
In the last year, over 18,000 ISRT safety courses were completed and almost 2,000 certificates were issued to employees of participating contractors. The VMA presented fifteen gold, seven silver, and eleven bronze medal awards at this year's awards ceremony. Gold level recipients had 75% or more of their qualified workforce successfully complete the ISRT certificate on an annual basis. Silver level winners achieved 50% and bronze level winners achieved 25%.
The VMA Safety Award recognizes contractors that provide services to Virginia manufacturers and 25+% of their qualified workforce has obtained the Manufacturing Skills Institute's Industrial Safety Readiness Training (ISRT) certificate and had no fatalities or significant recordable injuries or illnesses reported to Virginia Occupational Safety and Health (VOSH) during the past year. ISRT provides core concepts of safety awareness for industrial workplace training, and an individualized learning plan that addresses the most common hazardous situations faced in the industrial environment. It's presented through a cloud-based, interactive, multimedia platform that is also available in Spanish. Participating companies are also provided a free learning management system to manage the ISRT certificate training for their employees so that it can be integrated it into their own safety training program. Manufacturers have access to a cloud-based identification system that will verify training credentials for every contractor employee entering their sites.
"All winners are rewarded with recognition in our exclusive cloud-based VMA Contractors Directory that will be marketed to 5,000 manufacturers across the Commonwealth" said Brett Vassey, VMA President & CEO. "Our goal is to raise the profile of contractors that have made exceptional investments in worker safety as a means of assisting them with procurement opportunities with like-minded manufacturers" said Vassey. The VMA Contractors Directory is available at
At this year's VMA Safety Award ceremony, the VMA also announced that it will offer a Chairman's Safety Award in 2018. This will be a competitive award where a manufacturer's safety program will be evaluated by an expert panel. A technical advisory panel from the VMA Safety Subcommittee will develop the selection criterion over the next six months.