NSC Announces Winners of Teen Safety and Community Advancement Awards

Recipients are those that have gone above and beyond to enhance safety in their respective areas.

The National Safety Council has announced the winners of its 2020 Teen Safety Award and Community Advancement Awards. Recipients are those that have gone above and beyond to enhance safety in their respective areas.

The Teen Safety Award, which recognizes an individual or organization to improve teen safety and save lives, was awarded to the Illinois Tollway. According to a press release, the Illinois Tollway stood out for its effort to establish new partnerships with the Illinois High School and College Driver Education Association (IHSCDEA) and the Distress Bandana Teen Driver Safety Initiative. With the assistance of these programs, the Illinois Tollway was able to distribute safe driving curriculums to over 700 educators and 600 schools as well as over 5,500 students in 290 classrooms.

The Community Advancement Award, which is presented to entities that are dedicated to safety at work as well as committed time and resources to bring safety to the community, was awarded to two separate winners: Engro Fertilizers Limited, based in Daharki, Sindh, Pakistan, and Washington River Protection Solutions, based in Richland, Washington.

Engro was recognized for its concrete actions to protect the health and safety of its employees, contractors and others involved in its operations, as well as the community in which it is located. This work includes special efforts to enhance the health and safety of employees and the community; the organization completing its Community Awareness & Emergency Response (CAER) road map; and providing at no charge personal protective equipment, rescue equipment and communication tools to community response teams, as well as training.

Washington River Protection Solutions was awarded for its dedication to safety, which it demonstrates through its commitment to employee-led safety programs and community outreach. Employees worked more than nine million safe hours in 2019, passing an entire calendar year without a days-away, restricted or transferred-injury/illness case. In addition, the company regularly supports community organizations and efforts where safety is a focus, such as Habitat for Humanity, where it assists with the safety and health briefings for local construction teams. Additionally, Washington River Protection Solutions collaborates with local schools and universities to support robotic technology and use, which in turn helps promote safety innovation and added worker protection in eliminating or reducing hazards.

“The recipients of these two NSC awards are focused on protecting people, and they went above and beyond to protect individuals who are particularly vulnerable – teens – and they also sought to protect the communities in which they work,” said Tracey Scruggs, who leads the awards program at NSC. “Our award winners have displayed a true desire to effect change in their respective areas, and we applaud them for their work.”

To learn more about the NSC and its award programs, please visit their website.

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