The only sites in Martin Marietta’s Mideast Division to be presented the company’s most prestigious award in 2015 are also the only sand and gravel operations among the year’s honorees.
It is because they understand the challenges of operating over water that the Carmel and Cook Road teams are forced to have an increased focus on efficiency.
"You’re not standing on land, so anything you drop, it’s gone," said Steve Becktel, plant manager at Carmel. "You’ve got to be extra careful."
Taking that added moment to avoid mistakes not only makes for a smoother work day, but a safer one as well.
The crew at Carmel has gone more than nine years without a reportable incident and more than 12 years without a lost-time incident.
Cook Road, a back-to-back Honor Plant winner operating under the leadership of Plant Manager John Richardson, also reported no accidents in 2014, extending that crew’s streak without a reportable or lost-time incident to more than a decade.
The results of each team’s dedication to world class safety and efficiency can be seen in their outstanding performances; gross profit at Carmel rose by 33 percent in 2014 and by 46 percent at Cook Road.
Mideast Division President John Harman praised the crews at both locations, noting that such success "starts with strong leadership and the daily desire from every worker to make safety a top priority."
"There are only nine Honor Plant winners this year from more than 400 operations within the Company and to have two of those winners in the Mideast Division is quite the accomplishment," he said. "I am proud of them for what they have achieved."