Resolute-LP Engineered Wood and LP won Safest Company Awards in their respective categories, while the coveted Innovation in Safety Award went to two winners: LP of Jasper, Texas, for the Equipment-Based Innovation Award, and Boise Cascade of Kettle Falls, Washington, for the Jeff Wagner Process-Based Innovation Award.

Begun in 1982, the APA awards programme honours the managements and employees of companies and mills with the lowest Weighted Incident Rate (WIR) that is calculated using the number and severity of recordable incidents reported on the mill’s annual OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) report. Since 2008 was the first year that WIR was used, awards and reports for 2009 through 2015 continue to also show Total Incident Rate (TIR), the measure used in previous years.

Seventy-one APA-member structural wood panel and engineered wood product facilities in the US, Canada, and abroad participated in the 2015 program.

While the program awards are limited to APA members, data is collected from both member and non-member mills in order to provide a broad-based industry performance benchmark.