Flatiron Wins High Hazard Award Remote access and environmental

conditions, exposure to live traffic, and working on a bridge project towering 65 feet above the Smith River were just some of the major challenges that Flatiron West, Inc. has faced constructing the South Fork Smith River Road George F. Tyron Bridge replacement project. Their successful efforts to date earned the project AGC’s Safety on a High Hazard project for 2016. Begun in June 2015 and slated for

completion in May of 2017, the project replaces an existing steel arch bridge originally constructed in 1948 that spans approximately 230 feet across the South Fork of the Smith River in the redwoods in Northern California’s Del Norte county. Flatiron crews devised several innovative solutions to counter

Third place Safety Awards of Excellence winners include:

 Heavy/Civil/Highway Division Under 300,000 worker hours – Nova Group, Inc.

the many construction challenges and to maintain a safe jobsite. Due to load bearing limitations on the original bridge structure, they suspended the false work used to support the new arch structure on high strength rods and used the newly constructed arches for the superstructure’s falsework. All that was performed while keeping the existing bridge open. To provide safe access

The South Fork Smith River Road George F. Tyron Bridge replacement project

to the areas necessary to complete work underneath the structure, Flatiron used the Safway “QuikDeck” Suspended Access System. The contractor has been forced to regularly make technical adjustments to the original specifications, all the while

All finalists in this year’s AGC of

California Safety Awards of Excel- lence competition are also eligible to compete in AGC of America’s national Safety Excellence Awards competition, with winners to be announced during the AGC National Convention in Las Vegas, NV in March of 2017. For more information on AGC

Syblon Reid Superintendent Recognized Paul Harlow, Senior Superintendent at

Syblon Reid, was recognized for his safety efforts with the “Individual Safety Effort of a Superintendent” safety award from AGC of California. Harlow is known for his strength at

Paul Harlow, Syblon Reid, accepts the Superintendent of the Year award from presenter Rich Howell.

training and developing others as well as strong technical expertise on projects. He served as Chairman of the Syblon Reid Safety Committee, and the company credits his

leadership and impact on organizational safety culture to helping Syblon Reid achieving top safety results in 2015. Syblon Reid President Greg Cederstrom commented in recommending Harlow

for the award, “Our projects are extremely unique and risky in nature which requires a high level of safety to protect our employees. Through his leadership and example, Paul has raised the bar on the overall safety culture at Syblon Reid. As a direct result of his efforts, Syblon Reid achieved an outstanding safety record in 2015 with zero recordable or lost-time injuries.”

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keeping safety first and foremost in mind. Flatiron crews successfully

controlled and mitigated myriad hazards on the project, logging in some 25,200 man-hours in 2015 with zero lost work days and maintaining a strong safety record.

of California’s annual safety awards program or other AGC safety services, contact Dave Jones or Ryan Samiec at (916) 371-2422. 

Safety Awards Judges

A panel of eight individuals representing various industry and educational sectors served as finalists judges in the AGC of California Safety Awards of Excellence for 2016. They included:

 Kevin Thompson, Cal-OSHA Reporter

 Laura Boatman, State Building & Construction Trades Council

 Lisa Prince, Walter & Prince LLP

 Marti Fisher, California Chamber of Commerce

 Robert Pinney, Liberty Mutual

 Steve Bowers, Global Safety Management

 Peter Furst, The Furst Group

 Christopher Lee, United Contractors

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