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Bristol receives two safety awards for remote Northeast Cape work


Bristol has received a 2012 Annual Project Safety Award from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Alaska District, for remedial work done at Northeast Cape, on Saint Lawrence Island, Alaska. In addition, Bristol’s Eric Barnhill, an environmental scientist and the alternate site safety and health officer on the Northeast Cape project, received a 2012 Individual Safety Award.

Since 2003, Bristol has performed nearly $66 million in contracts for remedial actions at Northeast Cape, the site of a former military radar surveillance station. Saint Lawrence Island is located about 140 miles southwest of Nome, near the International Dateline. This is the eighth award Bristol has received for safety and performance for its work at Northeast Cape.

The Project Safety Award presented to Bristol’s environmental service line noted an accident frequency rate of zero lost work days, based on more than 30,000 worker hours. The scope of work included the excavation, transportation and disposal of more than 12,000 tons of contaminated soils and drums. This was done at a remote site that offered limited access, severe weather and rough site conditions, including a polar bear watch.

“Your organization’s commitment to safety is reflected in your excellent safety program, emphasis on careful activity hazard analysis and communication,” USACE District Commander Colonel Christopher Lestochi wrote in the award letter. “Your philosophy of total management and employee involvement in safety clearly contributed to your success in safety.”

Eric Barnhill was recognized for his efforts to develop innovative methods to keep site safety in the forefront with the 35-member crew. Barnhill presented relevant and often humorous toolbox safety topics. Some topics included safety quizzes, a safety poem and a presentation comparing jobsite safety to the Zombie Apocalypse.

Bristol is an Alaska Native-owned group that provides civil and structural engineering, civil and vertical construction, environmental remediation, fuel systems, and range and unexploded ordnance response services throughout the United States, its territories and select international locations. For more information, please visit www.bristol-companies.com.

All members of the Bristol Alliance of Companies are wholly owned subsidiaries of the Bristol Bay Native Corporation, a regional Alaska Native Corporation with annual revenues approaching $2 billion.

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