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2014 Gary E. Bird Horizon Award Bestowed on Team from Cianbro Corporation

Release Date: Nov 9, 2014

Dallas, TX, November 10, 2014—The Gary E. Bird Horizon Award was presented at the 34th IRMI Construction Risk Conference to the Cianbro Corporation team of Michael W. Bennett, Vice President of HSE & HR, and Scott Knowlen, Corporate Health, Safety, Security, & Environmental Manager. This award recognized the team for its innovative loss control program.

The Cianbro team created and implemented the award-winning “Journey Beyond Zero,” a loss control program that focused on the caring aspect of leadership. This initiative has had a significant impact on the organization’s workers compensation costs since it was introduced.

The Gary E. Bird Horizon Award, sponsored by Travelers, 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.

Rick Keegan, President, Travelers Construction, described the program as follows: “Very applicable to industry and the continued challenges associated with worker safety. Considering the current challenges associated with finding skilled labor, a fully integrated safety culture that focuses on awareness and training and personalizing safety at the individual level will be a must for contractors as they onboard the next generation of construction workers.”

The other finalists for the award were David L. Taylor, National Director of Construction Safety and Loss Prevention, and Lawrence W. Owens, Senior Manager, Risk Advisory, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc.; and Cindy DePrater, Vice President, Corporate Director Environmental, Health, and Safety, Turner Construction Company.

Learn more about the Gary E. Bird Horizon Award at

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