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Kraemer & Sons earns safety award for Minn. dam project

By Brian Johnson
Dolan Media Newswires

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-St. Paul District is recognizing Plain, Wis.-based Edward Kraemer & Sons Inc. for safe work on the $47 million Lock and Dam 3 project near Red Wing, Minn.

Kraemer & Sons received the Corps’ 2012 Superior Safety Performance Award-Large Contractor, for “accident-free work during major construction modifications” at Lock and Dam 3, the Corps said in a news release.

Edward Kraemer & Sons worked on Lock and Dam 3 navigation improvement and lower embankment projects, both of which were paid for through the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

According to the Corps, the contractor completed 93,000 hours of work over three years without a lost-time injury or recordable accident.

“This was a very large and diverse contract,” said Barry Simmonds, St. Paul District safety and occupational health manager. “The fact that they completed so much work without a single lost-time accident proves they didn’t rely on luck. The instituted a proactive and aggressive safety program. They were vigilant and they didn’t slack off. They deserve this award.”

The Contractor Superior Safety Performance Award is presented annually to one contractor for outstanding safety accomplishments, according to the Corps.

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