Savannah River contractor receives NSC safety awards

May 20, 2024, 9:33AMRadwaste Solutions
SRMC operators demonstrate procedure compliance during a job at the Savannah River Site’s Saltstone Production Facility. SRMC recently won national awards for demonstrating a commitment to working safely. (Photo: SRMC)

Department of Energy cleanup contractor Savannah River Mission Completion (SRMC) has garnered national recognition for its commitment to safety, recently receiving three awards from the National Safety Council: the Occupational Excellence Award, the Perfect Record Award, and the Superior Safety Performance Award.

A joint venture of BWX Technologies with partners Amentum and Fluor, SRMC is responsible for reducing the risk of Cold War–era radioactive liquid waste stored in underground tanks at the DOE’s Savannah River Site in South Carolina by removing and stabilizing the waste and operationally closing the waste tanks.

The NSC is a mission-based nonprofit organization focused on eliminating preventable injuries and deaths in the workplace, roadways, and elsewhere through leadership, research, education, and advocacy.

The awards: SRMC earned the 2024 Occupational Excellence Award for its safety performance in 2023. To qualify for this award, a company must report an injury and illness incidence rate involving days away from work that is equal to or less than 50 percent of organizations in the same industry.

SRMC also achieved the Perfect Record Award for operating more than 12 million employee work hours without an occupational injury or illness involving days away from work.

Finally, SRMC Construction Services, comprising approximately 800 craft workers, has worked more than 38 million safe hours, earning the team the NSC’s Superior Safety Performance Award. This award recognizes companies that have achieved a minimum of 10 consecutive “perfect record” years, operating without incurring an occupational injury or illness resulting in days away from work. The construction team within the SRS liquid waste program has maintained this achievement since 1998.

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