Foster Wheeler wins top safety award by US forum of engineers, contractors

Foster Wheeler's initiative to achieve a safety culture step-change by balancing observable and measureable safety tools with a personal commitment to safety led to the company receiving the 2013 Award for Excellence by the Rice Global Engineering & Construction Forum (RGF). 

Mark Garvey, president of Foster Wheeler USA, accepted the award on behalf of the company’s Realizing Zero initiative at ta VIP banquet ceremony opening the RGF’s 16th annual fall conference in Houston.

“Safety at the work site and in the office is a top priority for both owners and contractors,” said Chun Liang of Bechtel, who chairs the RGF Award for Excellence committee.

“By trying to improve upon an already excellent safety record, the Realizing Zero initiative not only is transformative in nature for Foster Wheeler’s entire organization, it also sets a new, higher safety target for competitors," he added.

Since the inception of the Realizing Zero initiative in September 2011, Foster Wheeler has reduced its total recordable incident rate by greater than 50%.

“Foster Wheeler is proud to be recognized for the success of our Realizing Zero program," said Garvey. "In designing this program, our HSE leadership has created a culture in which everyone truly realizes that an injury incident is not a statistic, but rather a real person who was harmed due to a shortcoming within our organizational system, a system we all contribute to and are responsible for."

“At every level of our organization, it is Foster Wheeler’s commitment to make sure we do everything in our power to eliminate or avoid any situation that could put the safety of our employees, subcontractors, or clients at risk," he added. "Realizing Zero provides a world class process framework for delivering on this commitment."

For more information on the Rice Global E&C Forum’s Award of Excellence, please click here.

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