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Conrad Shipyard Receives National Shipbuilders Annual 2023 Excellence in Safety and Improvement in Safety Awards

Matthew Paxton, president of the Shipbuilders Council of America

Posted on July 19, 2023

The Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA) today announced Conrad Shipyard received both SCA’s 2023 “Excellence in Safety” and “Improvement in Safety” awards. SCA, the national association representing the U.S. shipyard industry, honors shipbuilding and repair facilities with annual safety awards for the enhancement of operations and promotion of safety and accident prevention.

Through its proactive approaches and dedication to improved safety of its employees, Conrad Shipyard is one of seventeen shipyards to receive awards for its continued advancement of employee safety in the shipyard industry.

“Workforce health and safety is woven into the fabric of our industry because the teams that work in our shipyards and throughout the industrial base are the most important asset we have in building and repairing the U.S. commercial and military fleets,” said Matthew Paxton, president of the Shipbuilders Council of America. “We are incredibly proud of Conrad Shipyard for its commitment and investment into advancing safety that make our industry an example for other industries to follow. Conrad earning both the Excellence in Safety and Improvement in Safety awards in two consecutive years is indicative of their leadership and workforce commitment to safety.”

“The achievement of these two awards, in two consecutive years, is attributable to the daily commitment to “Safety First” by our dedicated and hardworking men and women. Our safety culture is built upon providing a safe environment, our personnel taking responsibility for their safety and for the safety of their co-workers. We are committed to the safety of our workforce and will continue to focus on our Goal Zero Vision.” said Johnny Conrad, Chairman and CEO of Conrad Industries.

The shipbuilding industry has seen a decrease in recorded injuries and safety issues, showcasing a downward trend over the past decade. This unwavering commitment to safety has allowed the industry to adapt and address the obstacles that arose throughout the year while continuing operations.

SCA member companies are eligible for a Safety Award if they submit the SCA Injury & Illness survey for all four quarters, have zero fatalities throughout the year, and either have a total recordable incident rate (TRIR) below the SCA average, or if they reduce their year-on-year TRIR by 10 percent or more.

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