CHEYENNE - Today, Governor Matt Mead joined the Department of Workforce Services (DWS) and the Wyoming Oil and Gas Safety Alliance (WOGISA) in recognizing Wyoming employers and individuals for their exceptional commitments to safety in the workplace. Governor Mead also issued a proclamation designating June 19-23 as "Workplace Safety Week" in Wyoming.
The awards ceremony and proclamation signing took place in Cheyenne at the 2017 Wyoming Safety and Workforce Summit, an annual partnership promoting both safety in the workplace and workforce development.
"Safe workplaces and job practices mean stronger Wyoming workers, families and businesses," said Governor Matt Mead. "The employers and individuals honored today have made a commitment to excellence in safety and health, and I commend them."
"Every employer wants an injury-free workplace, but the winners of the 2017 Safety Awards take their safety obligation up a notch," said DWS Director John Cox. "These leaders have made a concerted effort to instill a culture of safety from the management level to the first line staff. Their diligence is paying off."
"Stopping work is one of the most powerful tools in an employee's toolbox," said Chris Corlis, President of WOGISA. "It's a privilege to recognize the winner of the WOGISA Stop Work Authority Award and celebrate action taken that ensured he and his team returned home safely."
The Safety Awards are presented annually to acknowledge an employer's commitment to excellence in safety and health. The winners of the awards are chosen based on strong safety records, management and employee involvement in health and safety decisions, and a robust hazard identification program, among other elements. The award categories and winners follow:
- OSHA SHARP Award - Large Employer - Automation & Electronics, Inc.
- OSHA SHARP Award - Small Employer - WBI Energy Transmission, Inc - Worland Plant
- Mining - Large Employer - Cloud Peak Energy (Cordero Rojo Mine)
- Mining - Small Employer - Black Hills Energy (Wyodak Mine)
- Mine-Site Contractor - Large Employer - Interstate Power Systems
- Mine-Site Contractor - Small Employer - Nelson Brothers Mining Services
- Workersâ€‹'â€‹ Compensation Path to Safety Excellence Award - Large Employer - Peabody Powder River Services, LLC
- Workers' Compensation Path to Safety Excellence Award - Small Employer - L & H Industrial, Inc.
Selected by WOGISA, the Governor's Stop Work Authority Award recognizes an action that has taken place at a project or work site in Wyoming. The award honors an individual or group who engaged in a tangible action to stop the work or task due to a perceived, potential or actual hazardous condition.
- WOGISA Governor's Stop Work Authority Award - James Malone of Sinclair Refinery