Safety is Our #1 Goal

Safety is a core value at Summit Materials, and is part of everything we do. We are uncompromising in our commitment to safety and the well-being of our employees, our customers, and our communities. We engage and empower our employees to develop and create safe work environments by providing quality training, continually improving our systems and processes, and listening to our employees’ ideas. Safety is the responsibility of every individual at Summit Materials and we are all held accountable for going home safe at the end of each work day. Our goal is World Class Performance by achieving ZERO incidents daily.

Cornejo & Sons Safety Leadership Teamwork Recognized at Industry Convention

Each year the American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) recognizes different companies and municipalities for completed projects, community involvement, safety, and innovation. This year, we submitted a project completed by the Cornejo & Sons Safety Leadership Team in the training category for work zone safety. The project sought to minimize the risk to employees and the public created by trucks entering and exiting work zones.
Cornejo’s safety leadership team created a multi colored flag system to assist with trucks entering and exiting their job sites. Green for concrete, blue for base rock, pink for removals, black for asphalt, yellow for yellow iron, and checkered for exits. These flags have helped with driver communication, decreased risk level of traffic control personnel, and minimized the potential of employees that could be stuck by vehicles entering and exiting the work zones.
The Cornejo team was awarded for their safety innovation, and at the end of September 2015, Omar Franco and Juan Yanez traveled to the ARTBA National Convention to accept the award on the team’s behalf. We are proud of this Safety Leadership Team for these outstanding efforts and hope that by continuing projects and ideas such as these we can grow and contribute to the safety of all of our companies, and industry at large.  

Boxley Safety Update

The Boxley team is aligning with Summit’s safety culture by putting ideas into action! Recently Safety Manager Bo Farr was at the Blue Ridge ready-mix plant reviewing Summit’s fall protection safety principle, stating that if you are 6’ off the ground a safety harness is required. Blue Ridge driver Clark Smith mentioned that the mixer truck platforms are 12′ off the ground, above the 6’ maximum safe height and that the mixer trucks purchased in the last 2-3 years have a spring-loaded safety bar that automatically closes behind the person on the platform. The Boxley ready-mix team, led by VP-Concrete & Equipment Larry Bullock, made the decision on the spot to retrofit all of Boxley’s mixer truck fleet with these safety bars.
“We are always looking for ways to reinforce Boxley’s long-standing commitment of providing employees with a safe working environment,” said Boxley President Ab Boxley. “The introduction of Summit’s safety principles have encouraged all of the Boxley team to take a fresh look at ways to accomplish that goal.”
All of our employees are encouraged to consider and provide input for what improvements can be made to ensure world class safety across the companies. This is a wonderful example of the effectiveness and advancements that safety engagement offers.


Hinkle wins three quality in construction awards with Ohio Valley Asphalt.

Hinkle and Ohio Valley Asphalt have recently won a National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) 2015 Quality in Construction Award for excellence in construction of an asphalt pavement. NAPA presented two of these awards to Hinkle for the company’s work on Cumberland Parkway in Pulaski County and for work on Kentucky 914 in Pulaski County. Ohio Valley Asphalt also won its 2015 NAPA Award for Quality in Construction for the work on I-71 in Henry and Trimble Counties. In all three cases Hinkle and Ohio Valley Asphalt were praised by NAPA for using RAP in order to reduce the need for natural resources.


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