DJC Announces Hard Had Safety Award Recipients Posted on February 9, 2021 by Karla Holland The Daily Journal of Commerce has announced its Hard Hat Safety Award honorees for 2021. The following Oregon-Columbia Chapter member companies, project teams, and individuals are being recognized for their ongoing, successful work keeping employees and the public safe. The honorees are: Chris McInroe, project director, Perlo Construction. He was nominated “for his instrumental role advancing the culture of safety at Perlo.” Steve Frost, site safety, health and environmental manager, Howard S. Wright, a Balfour Beatty Company. “Steve is not only a great safety leader but … an industry leader in addressing the suicide epidemic facing the building industry,” according to his nomination. Blake Devine, senior project manager, JE Dunn Construction. “Blake’s commitment to safety and willingness to share has added value to client relationships,” according to his nomination. Wyatt Fulkerson, safety manager, Portland Mechanical Contractors. “After seeing a high rate of incidents, Wyatt implemented several programs that (have) completely turned around the safety culture,” according to his nomination. Charlotte Hintz, head of people success, Ausland Group. She “completed substantial (work) during 2020 … through innovative measures that were focused on people not only at work but at home,” according to her nomination. Dennis Barlow, safety director, and the entire AGC safety team. “The team’s proactive approach and coordination with contractors helped keep Oregon contractors working safely as surrounding states shut down due to the pandemic,” according to the nomination. Jim Wildish (posthumous) and the Wildish team. “Jim recently passed away, but (left) a successful company that built its reputation on safety in a dangerous industry,” according to the nomination. JH Kelly LLC. The nomination sought to recognize the firm’s “general safety culture.” General Sheet Metal Works Inc. The nomination sought to recognize a “general safety culture that led to a successful approach to the pandemic, keeping people safe in a manufacturing shop.” Gideon Street Overcrossing, Stacy and Witbeck (contractor), TriMet and Portland Bureau of Transportation (owners). The nomination sought to recognize “successful completion of a dangerous project for both the team and community.” Legacy Good Samaritan Orthopedic Surgery Inpatient Recovery Floor, Lease Crutcher Lewis (contractor), Legacy Health Systems (owner). The project team “finished a dangerous … project right when COVID hit and helped Legacy transition the space into a COVID wing as cases started to rise,” the nomination stated. A celebration will take place online on March 11. The event sponsor is Associated General Contractors’ Oregon-Columbia chapter. Learn more and register by visiting the DJC website.