State honors six companies for outstanding workplace safety records

(DENVER) – June is National Safety Month and the Department of Labor and Employment is using this annual focus on safety to honor six Colorado companies for their exemplary track-record in workplace safety. The companies were honored by Governor John Hickenlooper in a reception at the Governor’s Executive Residence on Tuesday, June 24.

Among the honorees are Ewing Trucking and Construction in Edwards and Rio Grande Mexican Restaurants, based in Fort Collins. Four companies with locations in the Denver Metro area were also recognized:

Golden Triangle Construction, Inc. is a full-service commercial general contractor with more than 37 years of operation across the front range. Schools, retail outlets, offices and industrial buildings, fire and police stations and medical clinics are among their construction projects. The company is the recipient of numerous safety awards from the Associated General Contractors of America.

CPS Distributors, Inc. in Westminster is the largest wholesale distributor of professional pump, irrigation and landscape equipment and supplies in the Rocky Mountain region. Their commitment to providing a safe work environment has not waivered in more than 120 years of operation.

Christian Living Communities has a rich history of providing quality retirement lifestyles and dignified care for seniors and their families. Today, with three retirement communities in the South Denver Metro area, the company employs more than 600 people. Safety committees are in place at each retirement community to ensure preventative safety and wellness for all.

Rio Grande Mexican Restaurants has enormously popular restaurants in Lodo, Park Meadows and Boulder. At each restaurant, a Safety Officer position has been created to help delegate responsibility while maintaining the corporate safety authority. The program has improved safety awareness and reduced claims by almost 90%.

“These Denver area businesses are leaders in their respective industries and we’re proud to have worked with each of them to ensure that they are also leaders in workplace safety,” says Paul Tauriello, Director of the Division of Workers Compensation, a part of the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. “We’re pleased to recognize each of them for exemplary safety records.”

“A safe workplace benefits everyone,” says Department of Labor and Employment Executive Director Ellen Golombek, “and it’s a job for everyone. In Colorado, there are roughly 120,000 work-related injuries each year and a quarter of those result in lost time. Reducing that number can be challenging, particularly for some industries, but these award winners will tell you that the benefits in employee productivity and morale and premium savings make it worth the effort.”

Each of the award recipients are certified by the Division of Workers Compensation’s Premium Cost Containment Program that guides employers in establishing safety practices to reduce work-related injuries. When companies improve workplace safety, they also reduce their premium costs by 5 to 10%.

Now into its second decade of operation, the Premium Cost Containment Program has reduced insurance premiums by almost $290 Million. Currently, more than 6,000 employers have been certified in the Premium Cost Containment Program, affecting 368,177 workers.

“These awards afford us an opportunity to urge more companies to participate in our Premium Cost Containment Program,” Golombek says. “Our Division of Workers Compensation can offer technical assistance at no cost and conduct a comprehensive risk assessment of your safety practices.”
Companies interested in learning more about the Premium Cost Containment Program should call 303-318-8644.

Please Note: Photos of the award winners are available on request. 

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Date: June 26, 2014

Contact: Office of Government, Policy and Public Relations

Bill Thoennes at (303) 318-8004

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