Halter Marine personnel attending a city proclamation reading ere, front row from left, Cody McCoy, safety manager, Bob Merchent, President and CEO, and Patrick Lett, safety inspector, along with members of the Pascagoula city council. The proclamation honored Halter Marine and declared June 16 as Workplace Safety Recognition Day, based on the AEU safety award.
Pascagoula, Miss., June 23, 2020 — Halter Marine has been awarded the 2019 Safety Award from the American Equity Underwriters. Each year, AEU recognizes the best safety and health programs among the members of the American Longshore Mutual Association.
Eligibility for the awards is based on the frequency and severity of workers’ compensation incidents for the 2019 calendar year, as well as safety-related metrics determined by AEU’s loss control team.
“The AEU’s safety award is based on very specific, measurable data, and it is tough competition,” said Kevin Amis, Executive Vice President of Operations. “We have a strong safety culture here at Halter Marine, and I’m proud of the attention to health and safety demonstrated by our team every day. It truly has been an all-hands effort.”
The three factors are:
- Frequency of lost time cases: Halter Marine has reduced its lost time injuries by 75 percent since 2016
- Severity of lost time cases: Halter Marine has reduced its incurred cost by 81 percent
- Safety inspection overview: Halter Marine’s score has risen by 4.0 since 2016 for an overall score of 8.5. AEU’s shipyard average score is 6.0.
AEU, the leading provider of workers’ compensation for waterfront employers, presents the AEU Safety Awards each year to its best performing members nationwide. Halter Marine is one of 25 companies among 1,400 members to receive this prestigious safety award.
“This year’s winners truly are the safest in the industry,” said Jimmy Burgin, senior vice president and director of loss control at AEU. “The commitment of their management teams, supervisors, safety staff, and employees all combine to create safety programs that are worthy of this recognition.”
VT Halter Marine, the marine operations of ST Engineering North America, is based in Pascagoula, Miss., and is a leader in the design and construction of medium-sized ships in the United States. VT Halter Marine designs, builds and repairs a wide variety of ocean-going vessels such as patrol vessels, oil recovery vessels, oil cargo vessels, ferries, logistic support vessels, auxiliaries, and research and survey vessels. Please visit www.vthaltermarine.com.
ST Engineering North America is the U.S. headquarters of ST Engineering, a global technology and engineering group, providing integrated solutions to the commercial and government markets in the aerospace, electronics, land systems, and marine sectors. Within the US, we have major operations in 17 cities across 13 states and more than 5,000 employees, providing innovative products and services across these diverse market segments.
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