WASHINGTONThe Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association (ARMA) has announced the winners of the 2012 Accident Prevention Contest. In total, 59 asphalt roofing manufacturing facilities in North America were recognized for their outstanding safety records in the manufacture of asphalt roofing materials.


“We are extremely proud of all this year’s winners,” said Reed Hitchcock, executive vice president of ARMA. “Safety is a number-one concern for all our ARMA members. The work that ARMA’s Health, Safety & Environment Committee puts into this contest every year shows our continued focus on the safety of our members, and how the industry is taking proactive steps to maintain and improve on our collective safety records.”


Winners were announced during the ARMA Board of Directors Meeting in May and cover the period between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31. The annual contest, which first began in 1983, is open to all regular members of ARMA and can include an entire company, division, plant or mill. In total, 103 asphalt roofing manufacturing facilities entered the safety contest.


The contest’s winners are determined by the ARMA Index, which scores facilities based on their safety data for the year. To ensure that all participants competed against plants of comparable size and capacity, entrants were grouped by the following criteria: Group A comprised facilities with more than 300,000 labor hours worked per year; Group B included facilities with 200,000 to 300,000 labor hours; Group C with 100,000 to 200,000 labor hours; and Group D with 100,000 or fewer labor hours. The facilities were classified based on the previous year’s total labor hours worked.


Awards were presented in four categories: the President’s Award, the Award of Excellence, the Perfect Employee Safety Certificate and the Certificate of Improvement.


President’s Award:Presented to the plant in each labor-hour group that has had the lowest combined ARMA Index over the last two years.

  • Group A: GAF of Michigan City, Ind.
  • Group B: GAF of Baltimore
  • Group C: Atlas Roofing Corp. of Hampton, Ga.
  • Group D: CertainTeed Corp. of Wilmington, Calif.


Award of Excellence:Presented to those plants that have recorded three consecutive years of a perfect ARMA Index (i.e. an index of 0.00) and are not President’s Award winners.

  • CertainTeed Corp. of Little Rock, Ark.
  • GAF of Walpole, Mass.
  • Henry Company of Bartow, Fla.; Houston; Huntington Park, Calif.; and Ontario
  • Owens Corning ofBrookville, Ind., and Houston
  • Owens Corning (Asphalt) ofAtlanta; Jacksonville, Fla.; Memphis, Tenn.; Minneapolis; Portland,   Ore.; and Summit, Ill.
  • Tarco of North Little Rock, Ark.


Perfect Employee Safety Certificate:Presented to those plants that had a perfect ARMA Index for 2012.

  • Atlas Roofing Corp. of Franklin, Ohio
  • CertainTeed Corp. of Milan, Ohio; Oxford, N.C.; Little Rock, Ark.; and Wilmington, Calif.
  • GAF of Fresno, Calif.; Walpole, Mass.; Tampa, Fla.; Fontana, Calif.; Chester, S.C.; Shafter, Calif.; and Stockton, Calif.
  • Henry Company of Indianapolis; Bartow, Fla.; Huntington Park, Calif.; Kingman, Ariz.; Houston; and Ontario
  • Johns Manville ofMacon, Ga., and South Gate, Calif.
  • Malarkey Roofing Products of Oklahoma City
  • Owens Corning ofJacksonville, Fla.; Houston; Kearny, N.J.; Savannah, Ga.; and Brookville, Ind.
  • Owens Corning (Asphalt) of Kearny, N.J., Jacksonville, Fla.; Irving, Texas; Houston; Denver; Atlanta; Medina, Ohio; Memphis, Tenn.; Minneapolis; Oklahoma City; Portland, Ore.; and  Summit, Ill.
  • TAMKO Building Products of Columbus, Kan.
  • Tarco of North Little Rock, Ark.


Certificate of Improvement:Presented to plants that demonstrate an improvement in their ARMA Index of at least 25 percent over their previous year's performance.

  • Atlas Roofing Corp. of Ardmore, Okla.; Franklin, Ohio; and Daingerfield, Texas
  • Building Products of Canada of Joliette, Quebec; Edmonton, Alberta; and LaSalle, Quebec
  • CertainTeed Corp. ofOxford, N.C.; Milan, Ohio; and Norwood, Mass.
  • GAF of Tuscaloosa, Ala.; Myerstown, Pa.; Tampa, Fla.; Stockton, Calif.; Chester, S.C.; and Fontana, Calif.
  • Henry Company ofIndianapolis
  • IKO Production Inc.:of Wilmington, Del.
  • Johns Manville ofSouth Gate, Calif.
  • Owens Corning ofDenver; Minneapolis; Summit, Ill.; Memphis, Tenn.; and Kearny, N.J.
  • Owens Corning (Asphalt) of Oklahoma City; Medina, Ohio; Kearny, N.J.; Denver; and  Houston
  • Polyglass USA Inc. of Hazleton, Pa.; and Winter Haven, Fla.
  • TAMKO Building Products of Joplin, Mo., and Columbus, Kan.

For each of the awards, participants must file quarterly reports which measure key components of a comprehensive plant-safety program including lost or restricted time after an injury, OSHA reportable incidents and the labor hours worked at the location.


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