2008 AIA Worker Safety Awards

Northrop Grumman, Raytheon and ITT were all recognized with industry Safety Awards this week. Northrop Grumman took home two of the awards, making them the biggest winners of the evening. The third annual AIA Worker Safety Awards were presented in Phoenix on Tuesday, November 18, 2008.

Aircraft manufacturer Northrop Grumman managed to win two different categories at the awards ceremony. The Los Angeles-based company was honored for having the lowest injury and illness rate when it came to Aircraft Manufacturing and Aerospace Components. Waltham Massachusetts-based company Raytheon, received the award for lowest injury in the Missile and Space Vehicles category. Unlike a lot of other awards in the world which are determined by a panel of judges or popularity votes, the recipients of these awards are based purely on statistics. Thus they accurately reflect the state of affairs found at the various departments which fall in line to receive these awards. The three category awards were based, not only on illness rates and low workplace injuries, but they also looked at whether or not a positive safety program had been implemented for each of the company’s U.S. operations and if this was done successfully. White Plains, New York-based company ITT was given the award for most progress in worker safety for the time period starting 2006 and ending in 2007. This was in recognition of the fact that the company had the greatest reduction in the number of incidents and subsequent lost workdays.

According to AIA President and CEO Marion Blakey, all three companies are shining examples of the important role that safety plays in the aerospace industry. During her speech at the event, Blakey also said: “All of you should be very proud of your accomplishments and our entire industry should be proud of a truly enviable track record on worker safety.” The Aerospace Industries Association was founded as long ago as 1919 and so has been representing the leading manufacturers and suppliers of military, business and civil aircraft, helicopters, space systems, aircraft engines, unmanned aerial systems and other related components, equipment services and IT in the country for almost 90 years.