One way the industry comes together to promote the use of safer practices by employees on the job is through the annual Safety and Skills Competition, an event that recognizes those industry members who have clearly demonstrated a true commitment and dedication to safety. This year, the 14th annual competition was held at Tigertown in Lakeland. Over 60 competitors from throughout the state traveled to participate in the event, which recognizes both precision and expertise in four areas: ready-mix driver, forklift operator, front end loader and preventative maintenance. While family, friends and co-workers packed the stands to cheer on favored contestants, children were kept busy in an almost carnival like atmosphere consisting of bounce houses, face painters, ice cream and a photobooth. The festive setting was made complete with music and refreshments. Even better, the event boasted free admission that included a complimentary buffet lunch and prize raffle.
Maschmeyer Concrete was the day's big winner, going home with the coveted title of overall competition champions and the Art Murphy trophy, in recognition of his years of tireless dedication to promoting Safety in the industry. Titan America placed second overall while Cemex placed third.
Individual Award Winners of the day were:
1. Reggie Parker, Maschmeyer Concrete
2. Marcus Williams, Maschmeyer Concrete
3. John Giacobba, Maschmeyer Concrete
3. Freddie Alvarez, CEMEX
Front End Loader
1. Doug Barnes, Maschmeyer Concrete
2. Brian Pancoast, Titan America
3. Harold Loupe, CEMEX
1. Edward (Ben) Dancy, Titan America
2. Keith Wilson, Titan America
3. Steve Main, Titan America
1. James Salmon and Dave Pedroza, Maschmeyer Concrete
2. Erwin Rodriguez and Matthew Wallace, Titan America
3. Chris Greyson and John Jackson, CEMEX
A Big Thank you to all of our Sponsors as well!