AUGUSTA, Maine — Cianbro Corp. was recognized for the company’s attention to workplace safety and health during a ceremony at the State House on Wednesday.
Cianbro’s Ricker’s Wharf facility, located in Portland, was awarded a certificate on Wednesday under the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program, or SHARP, administered by the U.S. Department of Labor and Maine Department of Labor. Another Cianbro facility in Pittsfield had previously qualified for SHARP.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the certificates are awarded to companies that serve as models within their industry by submitting to a detailed safety and health visitation, correcting any hazards and implementing comprehensive safety and health measures.
The companies also agree to request additional visits by consultants if new potential hazards emerge due to changes at the work place. In return, the companies are exempt from inspections from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
During a presentation ceremony in the Hall of Flags, LePage said Cianbro has a track record of creating the type of jobs that Maine is striving to replicate. Based in Pittsfield, Cianbro is a heavy civil and industrial construction company with operations throughout the country.
“Over the years, Cianbro has built a reputation as a model employer to Maine workers, providing good jobs, good wages, good benefits, offering training opportunities … and maintaining rigorous safety practices,” LePage said.
LePage noted that the Ricker’s Wharf facility had zero recordable injuries during the certification period, despite employees working in conditions with numerous hazards.
Peter Vigue, chairman and CEO of Cianbro, said that throughout the Cianbro network, employees put in 3.2 million work hours last year without any injuries causing lost work time.
“And that is a reflection of the commitment and the dedication of our people working safely, looking after one another and really embracing our philosophy in the area of safety,” Vigue said.
Part of that philosophy is making sure that employees “go home in the same condition that they come to work in,” Vigue said. But the company also emphasizes the importance of wellness programs that encourage employees to stay healthy on and off the job.
There are currently 42 Maine companies certified under SHARP. Maine has more companies, per capita, participating in the certification program than any other state, according to the Maine Department of Labor.