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2017 Gary E. Bird Horizon Award Presented to Shawn Connick and Ashley Hogue of Charles Pankow Builders, Ltd.

Release Date: Nov 6, 2017

Indianapolis, IN—The Gary E. Bird Horizon Award was presented at the 37th IRMI Construction Risk Conference (CRC) to Shawn Connick and Ashley Hogue of Charles Pankow Builders, Ltd. This award recognized the committee for their innovative construction industry hazards booklet.

The team developed the award-winning The 8 Lethal Hazards booklet to create better awareness and understanding of the 8 most dangerous hazards encountered in their operations that could cause serious injury or a fatality. The introduction of this booklet was coupled with training to ensure that the message was clear from the top of the organization to the bottom.

The Gary E. Bird Horizon Award, sponsored by Travelers, is presented annually by the International Risk Management Institute, Inc. (IRMI), to recognize a demonstrated commitment to improving construction risk management through the implementation of innovative, cost-effective, and efficient risk management techniques.

“Pankow showed that with some significant focus, any company could take the concepts of serious injury or fatality and apply it to their own company by refocusing the safety program,” said Travelers Vice President of Construction Jennifer Lee. “Their focus on the exposures that could potentially drive their most serious losses is a process that any construction company could use.”

The other finalists for the award were Sam Hatchell of Jaynes Corporation and Kevin King with Turner Construction Company.

Learn more about the winning submission, and view the committee’s flyer.

Learn more about the Gary E. Bird Horizon Award at

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