Golden Triangle Business Roundtable 27th Annual Contractor Safety Awards


The Golden Triangle Business Roundtable (GTBR) honored businesses for safety performance during work performed on local plant projects in 2017 at the 27th An­nual Contractor Safety Awards, held at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites on Walden Road in Beaumont on Tuesday, Aug. 21. Special guest speakers included U.S. Rep. Randy Weber and State Rep. Dade Phelan. The keynote speaker was Jonathan Hunt, vice president of Terminal Operations for Energy Transfer Partners.

“The event was very successful. We had more than 600 attendees. I was very pleased,” said Dennis Isaacs, GTBR president.

During the GTBR reviews and audits, some of the key elements the committee tests for are visible management leadership, encouragement of employee involvement, detailed procedures and work process, and a robust training program that includes hazard recognition – both on the personal safety and process safety front, Isaacs said. The time spent throughout the evaluation process to determine award recipients took well over 40 workdays of effort, he said.

“We started in January with the initial industrial facilities. That’s where the 56 nominations came from,” Isaacs said. “Throughout that process, the 56 applicants complete a three-ring binder with about a 3-inch thick very comprehensive applica­tion on their corporate company policies and then we evaluate with the audit team, which are made of volunteers from industry from the nominating companies. It takes about a month to do those evaluations on those 56 applications. The audit team grades them and that’s how we determine who makes the cut.”

This year’s nominees reported working over 11.7 million hours with zero recordable incidents, according to Isaacs. There were 56 nominations from 14 different compa­nies. Out of those 56 nominations, 39 finalists and 11 award winners were chosen.

The 11 Award Winners were: Large Construction - Wyatt Field Services Com­pany, nominated by Motiva Enterprises; Medium Construction - Ohmstede Ind. Services, nominated by Chevron Phillips Chemical Company – Port Arthur; Small Construction - Richard Construction, nominated by Dow/DuPont Sabine River Works; Large Maintenance - Triple “S” Industrial Corp., nominated by TOTAL Port Arthur Refinery; Medium Maintenance - Zachry Industrial, nominated by Chevron Phillips Chemical Company – Port Arthur; Small Maintenance - James Machine Works, nominated by Motiva Enterprises; Large Specialty - Brand Safway, nomi­nated by Chevron Phillips Chemical Company – Port Arthur; Medium Specialty - JVIC (a Zachry Group Company), nominated by Valero Port Arthur Refinery; Small Specialty - Trinity Industrial Services, nominated by Huntsman Corporation – PNO; Engineering - Burrow Global Services, nominated by Huntsman Corporation – PNO and Meritorious - Leak Sealers, Inc., nominated by Dow/DuPont Sabine River Works.

 “I’m really impressed with what I’ve seen from GTBR here today and in listen­ing to Dennis talk about the process that you have and all the field auditing that’s in that,” Hunt said, addressing contractors at the event. “That’s a really important part of what you all are doing and I would encourage you to keep doing it. We’ve got to be out there in the field, talking to folks and asking questions and making sure that people not only understand but that they're consistently following those (safety) guidelines.”


Photo by Brandon Gouthier