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icon Mechanical earns top national safety excellence award

Granite City-based icon Mechanical, a design-build/design-assist mechanical contractor, has been awarded the 2020 MCAA/CNA Safety Excellence Award by the Mechanical Contractors Association of America and CNA insurance. It’s the national association’s top safety award for mechanical contractors.

“To be recognized by the MCAA as the nation’s best safety program is an incredible honor for icon,” said Jeff Rush, president of icon Mechanical. “We put so much energy into our safety efforts. Safety is our number one priority and this award is affirmation of our long-standing and deliberate commitment to keeping our workers safe.”

The recognition was announced at the MCAA 2021 Virtual Education Conference. Safety Excellence Award recipients were chosen by a CNA-led Safety Awards Taskforce that evaluated programs on safety leadership, safety culture, safety performance, and safety innovation.

“It’s a fiercely competitive selection process with the award going to absolutely the best of the best,” said Pete Chaney, MCAA’s director of Safety & Health. “icon’s safety program stood out as being top-notch among their peers and MCAA and CNA are pleased to recognize their outstanding efforts.”

The company said safety is icon’s top priority and has been since the company’s inception in 1995. icon’s safety record and historically low EMR (currently at .71) reflects that commitment as does the company’s trophy case lined with nearly 50 local and regional association safety awards. The latest honor is icon’s first at the national level.

“A national award like this means so much, particularly in an industry where the potential for accidents is very high,” said Joe Shryock, icon’s safety director. We put a lot of time, effort, and investment into our program, but that’s not so we can win awards. It’s to ensure every icon worker is able to return home safe, every day. That’s the bottom line. That’s what it’s all about.”

Image: Rendering of new headquarters building in Granite City. The facility is scheduled for completion in summer 2021. File

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