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CalPortland's Mark Rock receives safety award

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CalPortland’s Mark Rock, Senior Vice President of Risk Management, has been awarded the 2017 James M. Christie Safety & Health Professional of the year by the US National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA). The annual award is given to an individual for contributions to safe and healthy practices within his or her company and the industry.

“Mark has made a significant impact on the management of safety and health throughout the industry,” said NSSGA President and CEO, Michael W. Johnson. “His leadership is emblematic of our industry’s commitment to working safely, as evidenced by our industry’s historically low injury rate.”

At CalPortland, Rock established a programme for managing compliance and worker safety and health, collaborating with senior management, insurance companies, safety business partners, and employees. This included shifting the company’s emphasis from reporting incidents to more thoroughly aiming to avoid accidents, a shift made possible by a rigorous auditing programme and equipment-specific safety training.

Rock has also led presentations during the NSSGA’s AGG1 Academy, AGG1 Online webinars, and US Mine safety and Health Administration Spring Thaw workshops on the West Coast of the US.

The James M. Christie Safety and Health Professional of the Year award was created in 1987 by the National Stone Association in recognition of the then-Corporate Safety Director for Vulcan Materials Co. In the early 1980s, Christie challenged a young MSHA agency to focus regulations on the safety practices of manager and worker behaviour and not strictly on a facility’s conditions. NSSGA continued this tradition when NSA later merged with the National Aggregates Association.

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