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54 • ROCK products • April 2019 FOCUS ON HEALTH & SAFETY The Shelly Co.'s Southern Division earned the CRH Americas Materials World Class Safety Award for 2018. The Shelly Southern team achieved a recordable incident rate of 0.18 while working 1,140,137 hours. The team had zero lost time incidents, one recordable injury, and drove 2,849,023 miles with zero preventable fleet incidents. Former Shelly Safety Manager Mike Arnold was also honored with a safety award – Safety Director of the Year. "Being a leader not only takes courage, but also the ability to motivate others, improve performance, and get results," said CRH Americas Materials President Randy Lake. "Safety Mike's drive and enthusiasm for safety helped the Southern Division achieve its best safety performance year, to date. Beneath his outgoing, jovial personality is a person who cares deeply about the safety of others and the success of the company. He came into a program that needed someone exactly like him. His ability to get every- one excited about safety was never a message of something that needs to be done – he made you want to be safe and do things correctly. With Safety Mike's direction, the Southern Division was able to implement many processes from his light-hearted memes in his Weekly Safety Report to imple- menting and highlighting a weekly 5-S project, bringing the Southern Division to where it is today." In December 2018, Arnold accepted a new position for CRH's Texas Materials as its new regional safety director. Illumagear's Halo Makes Safety More Visible The Halo is a Personal Active Safety System from Illumagear that attaches to any hard hat and produces a ring of light around the wearer enabling him or her to see and be seen in all directions at all times. The Halo: • Produces up to 202 lumens in 360 degrees or 77 candela in Task mode. •  Actively illuminates the wearer in 360 degrees at all times, making him or her visible more than a quarter mile away. • Is powered by a single, on-board Li-Ion rechargeable bat- tery that provides more than 5.5 hours on highest power and is certified for 500 charge cycles. "Our mission is to illuminate workers in high-risk environ- ments," said Max Baker, CEO of Illumagear. The company recently landed $2.5 million in investment capi- tal to take its product to the next level. "Personal illumination does not solely refer to physical lighting. Businesses in high- risk industries need more insight into their daily operations to improve individual worker safety and productivity. As we move forward, software-enabled hardware will allow us to provide these insights," Baker said. Granite Construction is one company now using the prod- uct. The company was awarded a resurfacing and repaving project on I-90 a few miles east of Snoqualmie Pass in Washington. This stretch of road endures some of the harshest wear conditions of any Washington state road- way due to extreme temperature fluctuations and heavy truck traffic. A unique part of this project is that the east- and west-bound lanes were resurfaced using different paving techniques so WSDOT could study conditions over the next few years and determine the best system to use going forward. Granite was looking for the best hard-hat lights for its work- ers. After the first field trial, Illumagear was invited back for a second. Workers were able to see their task areas better and said they felt safer by being more visible to both the heavy equipment operators and civilian traffic. Granite placed an order for units based on the results of the field tests and intends to make a wider evaluation of The Halo on the project. Illumagear, The Shelly Co.'s Southern Division Earns Safety Award

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