Ewing Trucking and Construction LLC, owned by locals Bart and Bill Ewing, has been around for a while.
Thirty-three years to be exact. The family-owned business specializes in road construction, site development and sand and gravel hauling.
The company was one of just six Colorado companies recently honored for their outstanding safety record.
June was National Safety Month and the Department of Labor and Employment honored representatives from each company at the Governor’s Residence in Denver. The Ewing crew was allowed to bring a large group to the event, and nine of them made the drive for the celebration.
“We got a call from the Department of Labor telling us about the award,” said co-owner Mary Kate Ewing. “We don’t keep up a safety program for awards, we do it because it is the most important thing for us — to keep our employees safe.”
Ewing Trucking strongly believes that all employees need to adhere to a rigorous safety program to avoid workplace injuries. The company also received the prestigious Circle of Safety Award from Pinnacol Assurance for five years in a row. Pinnacol Assurance is Colorado’s largest provider of workers compensation.
“A safe workplace benefits everyone,” said Department of Labor and Employment Executive Director Ellen Golombek, “and it’s a job for everyone. In Colorado, there are roughly 120,000 work-related injuries each year and a quarter of those result in lost time.”
Each of the award recipients are certified by the Division of Workers Compensation’s Premium Cost Containment Program that guides employers in establishing safety practices to reduce work-related injuries. When companies improve workplace safety, they also reduce their premium costs by 5 to 10 percent.
The event featured speeches and a reception. Representatives from all six companies honored were called up and asked to speak.
“It was a good darn thing we were called up second,” said Mary Kate. “But because as soon as Bart realized he was supposed to talk, he looked at me and said ‘you do it.’”
”Mary Kate claims she got up there and choked, just saying, “thanks,” but we don’t believe her. Here’s what she meant to say… “Ewing Trucking and Construction is in one of the most hazardous industries, and we have always put safety first for our employees and ourselves,” she said.
The other companies included a restaurant, an irrigation supply company and senior living complex.
Ewing Trucking is continually evaluating and changing the safety program at the company, and do bi-monthly safety meetings with their employees.