The Merit Award is given to AGC of Massachusetts members who achieve an incident frequency rate 25 percent below the average rate of all firms in the country that participate in that particular division. In addition to incident rate measurement, the criteria included company management, active employee participation, safety training, work site hazard identification and control, and safety program innovation.
MD Drilling & Blasting was among 48 members honored for achieving excellence in safety. Andy Dufore, division manager — MD North, and Mike Weider, MD&B safety manager, received the award from Todd McDermott, AON Construction Services Group. “We have a very strong safety culture,” says Dufore. “Our safety success can be directly attributed to the attitude that our people bring to the field each and every day.” Weider explains, “Our employee/owners understand that our first priority is safety; that we are all share personal accountability to operate “above the line,” and never walk by a situation that is unsafe.”
MD Drilling & Blasting, a subsidiary of Maine Drilling & Blasting, is recognized as a leader in the industry and offers drilling and blasting services to the construction and quarry markets, along with a variety of specialty services throughout the Northeastern United States, including foundation services, hoe ramming, engineering, public relations, pre-blast surveys and packaged and bulk distribution. In addition to the corporate office in Gardiner, Maine, Maine Drilling & Blasting has offices in New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Pennsylvania.