Injury and illness incident rates at shipyards that belong to the Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA) have, for the fifth consecutive year, stayed below the industry average. The average Total Recordable Incident Rates (TRIR) for SCA member facilities, for the fifth consecutive year, is substantially below the average TRIR for the industry as a whole (SIC 3731), according
to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
SCA has an active Safety Committee that reviews the results of each quarterly survey and holds bi-annual safety seminars to address the areas where most injuries occur. Recent seminars have focused on innovative ways to address the structure and activities of shipyard safety committees
in both union and non-union yards; comparing the safety practices of commercial shipyards with
naval shipyards and the importance of worker orientation programs.
Each year, SCA issues Safety Awards
to the shipyards with the lowest TRIR based on their
annual safety record
. Awards are given in different categories, depending on the size and
number of hours worked. Only companies whose incident rates are below the association
average are eligible for awards. This year awards went to Bender Shipbuilding & Repair Co.,
Inc., Mobile, AL; First Wave Marine, Inc., headquartered in Houston, TX; Trinity Marine
Products, headquartered in Dallas, TX; Cascade General
, Inc., Portland, OR and Conrad
Industries, Inc., headquartered in Morgan City, LA. Jeffboat LLC did not win an award but
had a TRIR below the association’s average.