Southwest Shipyard, L.P. Receives Trio of 2022 Shipyard Safety Awards

“Excellence in Safety,” “Improvement in Safety” and “Significance in Safety Achievement” Awards Given Annually to Shipyards That Advance Safety and Accident Prevention

WASHINGTON – The Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA) today announced Southwest Shipyard, L.P. received all three of SCA’s 2022 safety awards: “Excellence in Safety,” “Improvement in Safety” and “Significance in Safety Achievement.” SCA, the national association representing the U.S. shipyard industry, honors shipbuilding and repair facilities with annual safety awards for enhancement of operations and promotion of safety and accident prevention.

Through their proactive approaches and dedication to improved safety of their employees, Southwest Shipyard – which has operations in Channelview, Brady Island, Brady West, and Galveston – is one of fifteen shipyards to receive awards for their continued advancement of employee safety in the shipyard industry.

“Shipyards are complex work environments, and therefore the safety of our employees, whom we believe are our No.1 asset, is of the utmost importance,” said Matthew Paxton, President of SCA. “Southwest Shipyard’s admirable safety performance in 2021 and earning three awards reflects both superior leadership in the shipyard and strong commitment to safety. We’re proud to recognize Southwest Shipyard and the hardworking men and women who help in upholding the shipyard industry’s reputation as one of the safest in our country’s industrial base year after year.”

“Southwest Shipyard is honored to have earned the SCA “Excellence in Safety” award this year. This award is a true testament to our people and the efforts they have put into getting to this point in our safety program. The commitment to safety from the executive team to the newest hire on a daily basis is not an easy task, and I am proud of the continued effort our management team and all our employees put into this program. Making sure everyone returns home to their families in the same condition as when they arrived at work is a goal that requires a high level of commitment from everyone every day. We are committed to continue working safely in the years to come – remaining competitive without compromising our quality or any contract obligations to our customers,” Scott Theriot, President & CEO of Southwest Shipyard.

The shipbuilding industry continues to show a decline in recorded injuries and safety issues, and such rates have been on the decline over the past decade. With safety of employees always at the focus, the shipbuilding industry has been able to naturally pivot to tackle the challenges 2022 has brought about while continuing operations.

SCA member companies are eligible for a Safety Award if they submit the SCA Injury & Illness survey for all four quarters, have zero fatalities throughout the year, and either have a total recordable incident rate (TRIR) below the SCA average, or if they reduce their year-on-year TRIR by 10% or more.

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