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TX: First Vehicle Services Team Awarded “Best in Category” for Safety Excellence

The Houston Business Roundtable recently awarded First Vehicle Services a “Best in Category” Safety Excellence Award for Outstanding Safety Performance. This award recognizes Greater Houston Area industrial contractors for their outstanding safety performance.

The award was accepted by First Vehicle Services General Manager Bill Snowden and Operations Manager Ed Martin, on behalf of their entire First Vehicle Services team, at the 27th Annual Houston Business Roundtable Safety Excellence Awards dinner. Snowden commented, “We are very pleased to receive this award, as it illustrates the core value of First Vehicle Services – If you can’t do it safely, don’t do it.”

The process through which contractors are selected for the Houston Business Roundtable Safety Excellence Award takes six months to complete. The process begins with a request for nominations. This award is unique in that contractors must be nominated by their clients, the users of their services. There are no self-nominations. First Vehicle Services was nominated by Exxon/Mobil Fleet Maintenance in Baytown, Texas. 

Once nominated, the contractor must then submit all safety documentation and data to be evaluated for number of fatalities; total recordable injuries and illnesses; lost workday cases; safety policies and procedures; year-to-year improvement in statistics; and, documented best practices. Each nominee must also undergo a rigorous audit process. The audit consists of a review of site safety programs, with specific emphasis on employee interviews. More than 100 specific safety items are evaluated and rated for each nominee.

Once audits are completed, select contractors are then identified as recipients of bronze, silver or gold level of recognition, but only one “Best in Category” is awarded. First Vehicle Services received a “Best in Category” for a medium-sized specialty contractor in hard crafts.