IME Awards Prestigious Tricia Appleton Award for Safety to Seven Companies


Contact: Debra S. Satkowiak                                                                                       October 20, 2017
President, IME                                                                                                               
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IME Awards Prestigious Tricia Appleton Award for Safety to Seven Companies
Washington, D.C. – The Institute of Makers of Explosives (IME) proudly recognizes seven member companies who were awarded the prestigious Tricia Appleton Award for Safety. 
2017 Tricia Appleton Award for Safety Winners
Accurate Energetic Systems, McEwen, TN
Davey Bickford USA, Salt Lake City, UT
DynaEnergetics, US, Austin, TX
Hilltop Energy, Mineral City, OH
Jet Research Center / Halliburton, Alvarado, TX
Teledyne RISI, Tracy, CA
Vet’s Explosives, Torrington, CT
“These seven companies exemplify the spirit of Tricia Appleton,” stated Linda Menendez, Chairwoman of the IME Safety & Health Committee Safety.  “Safety begins with the worker and is reinforced as a company culture on a daily basis.  For these outstanding companies, #SafetyFirst is not simply a phrase for social media – it’s a daily effort that can be measured in lives saved and injuries prevented.” 
The prestigious Tricia Appleton Award is given each year by IME’s Safety and Health Committee to the member company with the best overall safety record for the previous year based on lowest DART (“Days Away, Restrictions and Transfers”) rate, as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  The 2017 awardees tied for first place, each achieving a zero DART rate.  IME’s President, Debra Satkowiak stressed how critical this is to the commercial explosives industry by stating, “With recorded 2015 injury and illness cases for private industry numbering in the millions, the fact that seven companies in our commercial explosives industry achieved a zero score is significant.”
The Tricia Appleton Award for Safety is given in the memory of a long-time employee of IME member company Jet Research Center/Halliburton who was influential in establishing IME’s annual award for excellence in safety just prior to her untimely death in 2002 in an automobile accident.  The year following Tricia’s death, and in all subsequent years, IME members have achieved a near 100% participation rate in the IME Injury & Illness Reporting Program – the very goal that Tricia had hoped the establishment of the safety award would accomplish.
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