The American Equity Underwriters Inc. (AEU) recently selected winners of annual AEU Safety Awards, which honor member companies’ safety records. Pictured are, from left, Carl Hebert of Conrad Shipyard; Anthony Miner of Wallenius Wilhelmsen Solutions; Michael Lapeyrouse of AEU; Dan Conrad of Conrad Shipyards; Mike Brackin of North America Stevedoring Company (NASCO); Agnes Neilson of Wallenius Wilhelmsen Solutions; Steve Mosher of NASCO; Rex Wheeler of Canton Port Services; Karen Shoot and Joshua Shoot of JB Marine Service Inc.; Jose Beltran of Marine Group Boat Works LLC; Jan Lindsey of Manson Construction Company; Laura Machado of Marine Group Boat Works LLC; Jimmy Burgin of AEU; Dave Howard of Manson Construction Company.

AEU Announces 2018 Safety Award Winners

The American Equity Underwriters Inc. (AEU), a leading provider of workers’ compensation insurance for waterfront employers, announced winners of the 2018 AEU Safety Awards at the company’s recent annual conference in Colorado Springs, Colo.

AEU, the program administrator for American Longshore Mutual Association (ALMA), a group self-insurance fund providing USL&H coverage under the United States Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, presents the awards each year to the best-performing ALMA members nationwide.

“We believe a strong commitment to safety should be a core value of every employer in the maritime industry,” said Michael Lapeyrouse, president and CEO of AEU. “The Safety Award program is one way that we recognize those who make safety a priority in their facilities. They deserve to be recognized among their peers as the best in the industry.”

Eligibility for the awards is based on the frequency and severity of workers’ compensation accidents for the prior calendar year, as well as safety-related metrics determined by AEU’s loss control team.

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“There are many awards in existence that attempt to recognize safe workplaces,” said Jimmy Burgin, senior vice president and director of loss control at AEU. “We feel the metrics used to determine our safety award winners are among the best for objectively ranking the safest operations in the industry.”   

The 2018 AEU Safety Award winners are:

• Blake International Rigs LLC;

• Canton Port Services LLC;

• Conrad Shipyard;

• JB Marine Service Inc.;

• Marine Group Boat Works LLC;

• Manson Construction Company;

• North America Stevedoring;

• SoCal Ship Services Inc.;

• Southcoast Welding & Manufacturing LLC; and

• Wallenius Wilhelmsen Solutions.

AEU is headquartered in Mobile, Ala.