It began as a forum where Cianbro could discuss the company's award winning safety program, which has achieved a record of zero injuries throughout the first five months of a construction project at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. By the time the forum was over, Cianbro had also received the praise of the United States Navy in the form of a safety award. The commendation from the Navy's Public Works Department reads, in part:
"This award is a notable achievement that is highly competitive and awarded only to those companies which have consistently demonstrated a corporate-to-field level, proactive safety posture, protecting our most valuable resource -- our people.
As we strive to deliver a quality product, on time and within budget, we must not lose sight of safety as our Number One priority. Your company has shown that commitment and has met the high standards of the U.S. Navy and Naval Facilities Engineering Command Mid-Atlantic for safety on the jobsite during the past quarter. Cianbro has worked over 165 consecutive days and 25,989 hours with zero accidents. In addition, Cianbro has received five monthly PWD Maine inspections with zero citations."
Accepting the award on behalf of Cianbro were Safety VP Alan Burton, Project Manager Jim Richards, Project Superintendent Hank Cook, Project Safety Manager Mike Franck and Assistant Project Superintendent Jeff Giggey.
"It's great to be recognized by the Navy, which can see the safety culture working visibly within our company from top managers, to the work force, to subcontractors," said Burton. "That's why I think we got the award. The Navy has never seen the Cianbro-style commitment to safety among contractors, until now. It's important that we recognize Cianbro's operations team for driving the safety programs within the company."
Cianbro's Senior VP of Operations, Earle Cianchette, had this to say about the award: “Anytime Cianbro receives recognition from one of our customers, it is very valued. This is a real tribute to the team on site and their commitment to working injury-free. We would like to thank them for all their hard work and for making Cianbro a recipient of this prestigious award."