National Asphalt Pavement Association honors firms for safety innovations

The National Asphalt Pavement Association recently honored Lakeside Industries and Payne & Dolan Inc. with its 2014 Asphalt Operations Safety Innovation Award.

The award recognizes the development and implementation of innovative ideas that lead to improved worker safety in a roadway work zone, plant site or quarry environment -- safety practices that go above and beyond normal safety practices.

“The five Operational Excellence Award categories — Asphalt Operations Safety Innovation, Community Involvement, Ecological, Outstanding Brochure and Outstanding Website — recognize asphalt-pavement industry leaders who are excelling at the operational practices that make for good neighbors and successful businesses,” Jim Mitchell, chairman of NAPA's awards committee, said.

Lakeside, based in Issaquah, Washington, won the award for its hearing-protection program, which safeguards workers’ hearing with custom-fitted earplugs. In 2011, Lakeside Industries began offering dB Blockers — custom-fit hearing-protection devices developed by Custom Protect Ear — for its employees.

Payne & Dolan, Inc., based in Gladstone, Michigan, won the award for its break-away paver guide-bar innovation. Typically, a guide bar is used by the paver operator to hold a true line while paving. Paver manufacturers usually offer as standard equipment a steel rod that inserts into a steel pipe at the front of the paver and is adjustable up to about 6 feet. When workers need to approach the front of the paver, the bar presents a tripping hazard, and serious injury can occur if the paver is in motion.

Through a collaborative process, Payne & Dolan officials said employees were able to manufacture a spring-loaded mechanism that allows the bar to break away if it strikes an object or person while still withstanding day-to-day use in paving operations.

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