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Cedar Rapids Quarry Receives Prestigious Sentinels of Safety Award

Cedar Rapids Quarry employees were honored in December at a luncheon celebrating their winning a Sentinels of Safety Award, the industry’s oldest and most prestigious safety honor. It is the first Sentinels award for the Des Moines District operation.

The quarry was formally recognized at a National Mining Association (NMA) event in October in Washington, D.C.

Cedar Rapids, which finished first in the “Small Quarry” category, was the only Martin Marietta winner this year (recognizing 2013 results). Chico Quarry in Texas was a 2012 honoree. Eight Martin Marietta operations have been recognized as Sentinels award winners.

The team at Cedar Rapids Quarry in Des Moines, Iowa received the NMA's prestigious Sentinels of Safety Award

Among those joining the crew for its lunch were Company Chairman, President and CEO Ward Nye, Senior Vice President of Human Resources Don McCunniff, Vice President of Safety and Health Michael Hunt, Midwest Division President Bill Gahan and Des Moines District VP-GM Todd Clock.

“I’m really proud of the Cedar Rapids crew for winning this prestigious award,” noted Gahan. “They exemplify the increased safety awareness I see throughout the division. They obviously care about each other and take the Guardian Angel creed to heart.”

Clock echoed similar sentiments, praising the safety culture that has been created and maintained by employees at the quarry.

“The crew at Cedar Rapids has embraced the concept of being good wingmen through exceptional communication and never looking the other way when there is an opportunity to improve safety at work or at home,” he said.

Co-sponsored by the NMA and the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), the Sentinels of Safety Award was first presented by then-Secretary of Commerce Herbert Hoover in 1925.

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