This Policy represents GCC of America's commitment to all of our employees, customers, and independent contractors. It is intended to be a reference to job safety and health at all company operations under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Department of Labor. This policy provides a framework which will help prevent accidents that could result in personal injury and property damage. It is the policy of this company to work continually toward improving our Safety Policy, as well as our safety procedures.
GCC of America is committed to providing the best possible working conditions for all of its employees. At GCC of America, safety and occupational health will be given primary importance in planning and operating all company activities in order to protect employees against occupational injuries and illnesses. Accordingly, it is GCC of America's policy to place safety and health as a value above all other business and operational concerns. Injury and illness result in lost workdays, human pain and suffering, loss of earnings, equipment damage and poor product quality which directly and indirectly affects productivity and profitability.
All GCC of America employees are responsible for their own personal safety, that of their fellow employees, on-site customers, and the public. In addition, all GCC of America management and supervisory personnel are responsible for maintaining a safe and healthy work environment and for the safe work conduct of all persons assigned to their facility. All employees must perform their work in a professional, safe manner and adhere to working practices, policies, directives and rules established by GCC of America, the Department of Labor (Title 29 CFR and Title 30 CFR) as well as the regulations within the state where the facility is located.
GCC of America recognizes that to have a productive, efficient, and safe operation, our company must ensure that its employees are provided essential safety and task training. This includes informative communications, appropriate personal protective equipment and controls. Monitoring and maintaining a safe work place reduces the hazards to our employees, customers, independent contractors, and the public. All injuries can and should be prevented. Management will continue to be guided and motivated by this policy, and with the cooperation of all employees, will actively pursue a safer working environment throughout the company.
NRMCA Ready Mixed Truck Driver of the Year Awards
The NRMCA Ready Mixed Truck Driver of the Year Award acknowledges the significant contribution of ready mixed concrete truck drivers to the growth and success of individual companies and the ready mixed concrete industry. A salute to these key members of the concrete production and delivery team, the award recognizes the driver's career achievement, safety, professionalism, competence and customer service skills in a manner that will enhance the industry and public image of the career ready mixed truck driver.
NRMCA Names Timothy Lindsay 2012 Driver of Year
Arkansas Driver Honored for 33 Years of Outstanding Performance
Silver Spring, MD - January 12, 2012 - The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA) has named Timothy J. Lindsay of GCC Mid-Continent Concrete, the NRMCA Mixer Truck Driver of the Year for 2012. A panel of judges from the ready mixed concrete industry selected Mr. Lindsay as the top driver from a large group of outstanding applicants from all across the United States.
Mr. Lindsay, whose home plant is located in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, was honored for his career achievements, safety record, professionalism, driving competency and customer service skills. He has worked for GCC Mid-Continent Concrete for more than 26 years. "When I think of Tim Lindsay, the word I think of is integrity", writes Production Manager, Keith Soper, "…he has been a loyal employee for 33 years and his safety record is amazing!."
Along with the winner, a runner-up was also selected by the judges. He is, 35 year veteran mixer driver, Raymond Spradley, of Titan America, LLC, from Port Norfolk, VA. Operations Manager Jay Trefry writes, "Raymond has been working here for 35 years and continues to display an outstanding professional attitude while giving our customers superior service".
As the winner of the 2012 award, Mr. Lindsay will receive a $5,000 check from the Truck Mixer Manufacturers Bureau. As runner-up, Mr. Spradley will receive $500. The 2012 Driver of the Year winner and runner-up will be honored at NRMCA's Annual Convention, Tuesday, March 6, 2012, in Savannah, Georgia. The Chicago-based trade magazine Concrete Products is a cosponsor of the Driver of the Year program.
Larry Lowe, GCC Mid-Continent Concrete Driver Takes Top Honors
at the 2011 NRMCA National Mixer Driver Championship
Larry Dale Lowe, Jr. of Sallisaw, Okla., won the 2011 National Mixer Driver Championship in San Diego, topping a field of 25 competitors representing 18 NRMCA producer members from as many states. A 12-year GCC Mid-Continent Concrete veteran, he qualified for the September 25–26 event by taking this year's Arkansas Ready Mixed Concrete Association Truck Rodeo. The competition was developed to recognize those individuals with exceptional ability that deliver the world's most versatile building product. Larry works for the Fort Smith, Arkansas district of GCC Mid-Continent Concrete.
When Larry's name was announced as the winner he was overcome with emotion. The applause lasted for what seemed minutes. During his short stay in San Diego, Larry's outgoing personality, politeness, and professionalism had made him the crowd favorite. After gathering himself and making his way to the podium Larry immediately started to talk about what it meant to him to be a ready mix driver. He said each and every day he tries his best to deliver to his customers the right product in the most efficient and safe way that he knows. He prides himself in doing the "right thing". Larry's every day professionalism carried over to the competition and propelled him to the top spot in the nation. After thanking the association, other competitors, and company supporters, he turned and pointed to where his wife was seated in the crowd and said none of this would have been possible without his wife, Delores, and the support she had given him. He exhibits GCC's core values each and every day. Larry, affectionately known as "Big Larry", is a lifelong resident of the Sallisaw area and when he isn't driving he enjoys fishing and welding. Larry cuts his own wood and plans to buy a log splitter with electric push-button start with his cash prize!
Larry won the Arkansas rodeo last March and from then until he left for California he studied every day for the national competition. Larry credits his wife Delores for being able to do this. "She helped every evening with my chores and then would quiz me every night". Larry also wishes to thank Clayton Jennings for all his help with learning the mechanics of the actual challenges and being a top notch "tour guide"! This was Larry and Delores' first airplane trip too. While Larry was impressed with the incredible seafood and scenery, he tells us he has been most impressed with everyone's support and the company's involvement. He credits all the support for helping him win. Larry says he is just doing what he does every day, "representing the company the best he knows how". He says, "Everyone I met at the competition was very friendly and all the drivers were cheering each other on". Larry also said that this has been a very emotional journey but one he has thoroughly enjoyed. "It was a bit overwhelming for a guy from such a small town to go and win the national truck rodeo". Larry is looking forward to defending his title next year and again at the international competition in 2014. Larry says he was very fortunate to win, I say we are very fortunate to have a driver of Larry's caliber.
This was the sixth year the National Ready Mix Concrete Association has administered the National Mixer Driver Championship Program. This year's competition was held at a local ready mix and materials yard. The NRMCA Operations, Environmental and Safety Committee administers the National Truck Mixer Driver Championship, combining scores from a written exam (1 hour, 45 minutes max); visual vehicle inspection test (five minutes); and, a 10-station (eight weighted, two bonus) challenge course measuring drivers' truck or tire alignment skills with rear or front discharge mixers in forward and reverse gear. Larry scored perfect on 6 of those 8 weighted challenges! He also won the egg drop bonus challenge for an additional cash prize. Congratulations "Big Larry"!! We are all very proud of your accomplishment.