Best in Class Three Times in a Row!

Congratulations to Sprint Waste Services for being named “Best of the Best,” Technical Support Large at the 2019 Houston Safety Excellence Awards, marking three consecutive wins in the years Sprint Waste was eligible to compete. Winners were announced at a May 17 ceremony at Moody Gardens in Galveston, Texas with 1,500 industry and safety contractors attending.

Cosponsored each year by the Houston Business Roundtable and the Houston Area Safety Council, the awards recognize exemplary safety performance and leadership among industrial service providers across greater Houston. Sprint Waste was nominated for the award by ExxonMobil Baytown and Marathon Petroleum’s Galveston Bay Refinery. 

Sprint Waste President Dave Nelson said his company’s winning safety culture is no accident. "Our safety program is the careful result of thousands of safe decisions throughout the organization, and requires commitment and buy-in from every single member of our team," he said. "We’re honored and grateful to be recognized by ExxonMobil, Marathon and this prestigious awards program as a leader in our industry. We look forward to finding new and better ways to improve safe operations at customer sites, our locations and everywhere in between."

The Safety Excellence awards involve a rigorous six-month process that begins with a nomination by the contractor, followed by extensive documentation of the nominee’s safety programs, training procedures and recorded results. Finalists then host award representatives for an all-day site audit that include an intensive evaluation by safety experts to assess that the firm executes the processes and procedures documented in its safety plans.

"Our company puts tremendous time, resources and investment into improving safety, understanding risks and learning from our mistakes," said Rex Walker, director of safety at Sprint Waste. "From our owners and management, to each and every driver, mechanic and welder, to the staff in our back office, every single person at Sprint understands that safety is our top priority.”

Sprint Waste will join other winners June 20 at the HBR Best Practices seminar, presenting best practices and methods that culminated in this year’s win. Nelson said Sprint Waste’s presentation will highlight its “safety calendar,” a master schedule the company uses to plan and execute safety activities by location, as well as how new dashcam technology is helping Sprint to examine real-life situations encountered by its drivers to improve training across the organization.

More about the big win with Dave Nelson

Best of the best winners are ineligible to compete the following year, instead serving as mentors to next year’s finalists. HBR says this unique aspect of the competition encourages information sharing and helps HBR continue to raise the bar on safety best practices across the industry. 

The results are impressive. The 64 participating contractors in this year’s awards programs represented 18.7 million hours on 109 work sites for a TIRR of 0.32 and average site recordable rate of 0.03. For a complete list of this year’s winners, click here.