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Skanska USA Building Inc., in partnership with its 40 largest subcontractors in Oregon, held a competition to help eliminate construction-related falls. In a press statement, the company announced the following award winners:

Best Presentation Award: Performance Contracting Inc. (PCI), a specialty interior and exterior services company.

Best Prototype Award: Bratton Masonry in Vancouver, Wash., the largest brick and masonry company in North America.

Uniqueness Award: Alliance Industrial Group (AIG), a steel erection precast installation and equipment setting company.

The most prestigious honor, the Overall Impact Award, went to Harder Mechanical Contractors, Inc., which was presented $4,000 for development and implementation of its design for a ladder warning system. The company will use the money to fully develop this new technology.

The goal of Skanska’s Top 40 competition is to leverage the best leadership of its subcontractor organizations to eliminate all on-the-job falls. Over the past nine years, Skanska’s Top 40 subcontractors have successfully worked together to create ways to eliminate falls, lacerations and flexibility-related injuries.

“This year’s competition brought many fantastic and creative entries,” said Daniel Johnson, vice president of operations with Skanska’s Oregon office. “I am absolutely convinced that falls in our industry can be eliminated based upon all the good work our Top 40 subcontractors have done in the last nine years.”

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