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2012 Gary E. Bird Horizon Award Bestowed on Risk Management Department of JE Dunn Construction Company

Release Date: Nov 11, 2012

Orlando, FL, November 12, 2012—The Risk Management Department of JE Dunn Construction Company was honored with the Gary E. Bird Horizon Award at the 32nd IRMI Construction Risk Conference. The award recognized the department for its use of enterprise risk management initiatives.

The award-winning program used a holistic approach to address the risk issues facing the company. The use of enterprise risk management had a significant positive impact on the organization’s results. For example, since the enterprise risk management initiatives were implemented in 2006, the company’s recordable OSHA rate has dropped 63 percent and its lost-time accidents have decreased 79 percent.

The Gary E. Bird Horizon Award, sponsored by Marsh, is presented annually by IRMI to recognize a demonstrated commitment to improving construction risk management through the implementation of innovative, cost-effective, and efficient risk management techniques.

The panel of industry experts that judged the award submissions made insightful comments about the winning submission. “This approach speaks to operational excellence which is so necessary in the construction industry today,” offered one judge. Another judge remarked, “This is an excellent incorporation of all aspects of risk management.” A third judge commented, “Any contracting company can learn something from this program.”

The other finalists for the award were Frank Clark, Vice President, Legal Affairs, Risk and Safety, Highway Technologies, Inc.; Allan M. Yokoyama, Safety Administrator, Albert C. Kobayashi, Inc.; Paul Huntley, Connecticut Business Unit Safety Director, Turner Construction Company; and Tom Hannigan, President of Zachry Nuclear, Ralph Biediger, President of Zachry Construction Group, and Don Hurley, Director of Safety Support Services, Zachry Industrial, Inc., Zachry Holdings, Inc.