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SAFE Award Applications Now Available

Awards applications are now available at www.nahb.org/SAFE for the Safety Award For Excellence (SAFE). In support of NAHB’s efforts to promote the use of best practices in the housing industry, Fannie Mae is sponsoring the  new awards program, which recognizes home builders who develop outstanding worksite safety programs.

“This new national awards program has been established to recognize the achievements of builders and trade contractors who excel at safety performance and have developed and implemented high-quality construction safety programs,” said NAHB President David Pressly. “NAHB is a national leader in construction safety, and this award emphasizes our commitment to a safe work environment.”

SAFE will also honor government officials and NAHB-affiliated associations for unique and important contributions in advancing safety in the home building industry.

The SAFE program is open to all NAHB member companies in good standing that build residential homes or town homes using light construction methods. Specialty trade contractors, remodelers, and light commercial and multifamily builders, as well as NAHB-affiliated associations and federal or state plan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) officials who have been nominated by an NAHB member or association, are all welcome to apply. Awards will be made in a variety of categories; for a detailed listing of them, click here.

All applications must be received no later than Sept. 22.

“The SAFE program will closely examine each candidate’s commitment to construction safety and health in the home building industry,” said Vernon Pottenger, chair of the NAHB Construction Safety and Health Committee and a builder from Beaufort, S.C. “We believe this award will foster a culture of injury prevention in the home building industry and promote safe working conditions.”

Award winners will be recognized during the 2007 International Builders’ Show in Orlando, Fla. Winners will receive an engraved award, as well as coverage in NAHB’s Nation’s Building News Online.

For more information, click here; or e-mail Delicia Jenkins at NAHB, or call her at 800-368-5242 x8163.

Make Jobsite Safety a Priority

Jobsite Safety Video, available through BuilderBooks.com, is the first-ever jobsite safety video for home builders. The video provides an overview of the key safety issues residential builders and workers need to focus on to reduce accidents and injuries.

Based on the "NAHB-OSHA Jobsite Safety Handbook," this DVD is intended to be used as part of an essential residential construction safety-training program. It includes two 20-minute videos on one DVD.

To view or purchase this DVD online, click here, or call 800-223-2665.

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