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2020 CREST Award Winners for 2019 Performance: Winners and Top Finishers

FCA International is proud to recognize the following contractors for their consistent commitment to safety excellence. CREST Winners and Top Finishers are among the safest contractors in their industry. This year's CREST Awards were sponsored by Sherwin-Williams

CREST Award Winners

Architectural Glass & Metal

Drywall Finishing

Industrial Coating
Painting & Wallcovering
  • Fedor Wall Systems - Fremont, CA
CREST Chairman's Award


CREST Award Top Finishers

  • Ideal Construction Services Inc. - Weston, MO 


Want to Learn More About CREST? Keep reading to learn why the CREST Awards were created, its objective and more!


The Contractors Recognizing Excellence in Safety Training (CREST) Awards was created to provide international recognition to contractors who maintain effective safety programs. CREST Winners and Top Finishers are internationally-recognized for their commitment to safety excellence.


The FCA CREST Awards are designed to objectively evaluate contractors based on key leading and lagging measures of safety. These are metrics associated with safety efforts that cause excellent safety performance and the resulting data that matches the safety performance (i.e. low injury/illness rates.)

We Seek To

Honor contractors by giving international recognition to those companies that lead an effective safety program throughout the year.

Awards & Recognition

The CREST Awards are presented during the FCA Awards Banquet at the FCA International Leadership Council. One entry may be selected by the Chairman of FCA to receive the CREST Chairman's Award. The CREST Chairman's Award recognizes the contractor who has taken his or her current safety program to new heights.

Explanation of Data

An award winner is chosen from each of the below categories. The categories are broken down by trade and annual hours. Additionally, the top 10 contractors in each category are recognized with a certificate as a Top 10 Contractor.

Trade   Hours Worked Breakdown
Architectural Glass & Metal   1 - 25,000 hours
Drywall Finishing   25,001 - 50,000 hours
Flooring   50,001 - 100,000 hours
Industrial Coating   100,001 - 150,000 hours
Painting & Wallcovering   100,001 - 150,000 hours
Sign & Display    


Companies are required to submit basic information followed by data associated with the leading and lagging measures. Formulas have been created to standardize values for these measures.

Safety Program Efforts
  • For the leading measures, or evaluation of safety effort, the following data is collected:
  • Years the company has had a written safety program in place
  • Safety training orientation for all new employees
  • Employment of a full-time safety representative
  • Ongoing safety training
  • Number of employees who have current OSHA 10 or 30 training, which is OSHA's basic, construction outreach training needed for supervisors
  • Safety program impact on the company
Safety Program Results -- EMR Trend

EMR is a measure of a company's losses versus an expected loss for a company in that industry. Fewer losses or injuries/illnesses are equated with a better safety program. However, this calculation is based on a three-year average. To effectively use this measure, the trend over a four-year period offers a better picture of performance.

OSHA Log Data

The following are measures using the totals from a company's OSHA's Form 300A Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses. Using the formulas established by OSHA, as noted below, FCA creates a level playing field by converting the total numbers to a rate per 100 employees. The FCA CREST Awards incorporate the rate into a formula that compares the various applicants and assigns a relative score to each.

Entrants are evaluated based on the following OSHA Log Data:

  • Total number of fatalities (fatalities are a critical factor and any fatalities occurring in the calendar year disqualifies the entry)
  • Recordable Incident Rate (RIR) Trend over a four-year period
  • Recordable Incident Rate (Total Cases x 200,000 / Total Hours of Exposure)
  • Lost Work Day Case Rate ([Deaths + Days Away Cases x 200,000] / Total Hours of Exposure)
  • Severity Rate (Days Away from Work x 200,000 Hours / Total Hours of Exposure)
  • DART Rate (Cases of Days Away from Work and Days of on the Job Transfer or Restriction) Restricted, Transferred and Lost Workday Cases x 200,000 / Total Hours of Exposure
Chairman's Award Questions

The intent of the CREST Chairman's Award is to recognize a contractor who has taken his or her safety program to new heights. The FCA Chairman of the Board uses the following three questions to select the winner of the CREST Chairman's Award. Applicants' safety rating is not affected by answers to these questions. 

Additionally, FCA may use responses from these questions during the award ceremonies and FCA publications.

  1. Describe how your safety program saved you money.
  2. Tell us what makes your safety program work.
  3. Provide three tips for managing a successful safety program.

The winner in each category is selected based on the overall value from the items above. The company in each category with the highest safety rating receives an FCA CREST Award. This process removes the subjective nature of which company has the best safety program in each category. FCA CREST Award judges review the data and calculations. The panel ensures companies meet the criteria and that there are no inconsistencies in what has been submitted. By doing so, FCA assures applicants that their efforts and the results are considered without bias.

Submission Materials
  • A minimum of three and a maximum of six digital photos representing your company's safety compliance program. (digital format only)
  • Company logo. (digital format only)
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