The Gordie Howe International Bridge project has received the prestigious John M. Beck Award for the second year in a row. 

The award is presented annually by the Infrastructure Health and Safety Association (IHSA) to a project-based Joint Health and Safety Committee in the Ontario construction industry to recognize the committee’s contributions to health and safety. The award was presented to Bridging North America (BNA) at the IHSA annual general meeting on October 5, 2022.

As of September 30, 2022, BNA and their subcontractors celebrated more than 6.5 million hours of work without a lost time injury (LTI). An LTI is an important key safety indicator for any construction project. 

“I’m proud to see our robust health and safety measures recognized by the IHSA for the second consecutive year. 6.5 million hours of work without a lost time injury is a significant achievement and it shows our commitment to ensure every single person remains safe on the job,” says Bryce Phillips, the CEO of Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA).

“The John M. Beck Award validates the hard work of our joint health and safety team. Safety is a core value at BNA and we will continue to engage all staff to understand the high level of importance we place on safety beliefs, values and attitudes,” adds Michael Hatchell, the CEO of Bridging North America. 

Sponsored by Aecon, the award is named after John M. Beck, Aecon’s Founder and Chairman. A graduate in Civil Engineering from McGill University, Mr. Beck has more than 50 years of experience in the construction industry in Canada and internationally and is dedicated to occupational health and safety.