Congratulations to SMACNA 2014 Safety Award Winners

The first-place Safety Excellence Award winners were recognized for their outstanding safety and health performance at the annual convention. The first-place winner of SMACNA;s Chapter Participation Award was SMACNA Western Washington. Congratulations!


Representatives for the first-place 2014 Safety Excellence Award winners included (left to right): John Sickle Jr., accepting for Ohio Fabricators Inc.; John Santivasci Jr., CMC Sheet Metal; Jason Lewis, Tri-State Roofing and Sheet Metal; Sean O’Donoghue, accepting for Air Systems Inc.; John Brennan, J.M. Brennan Inc.; Paul Alexander, Straus Systems Inc.; David Campbell, Campbell Ventilation Inc.; Baron Derr, accepting for Neudorfer Engineers Inc.; Jim Reynolds, president of SMACNA Western Washington, accepting the first-place Chapter Participation Award; and Mike McCullion, SMACNA director of safety and health.

Straus Systems Maintains Safety Standards

Straus has always maintained strict safety standards. It has been a consistent aspect of our company philosophy even before safety became a highly visible issue in heavy industrial plants. Our employees believe this to be an added benefit of their employment at Straus. Also it is a main reason why we are approved to work in so many plants and with so many companies that put heavy emphasis on safety.

Our Excellent Safety Record

We were recently honored by the Mechanical Contractors Association of America for being one of the safest contractors within their organization over recent years. In addition, the Houston Business Roundtable has recognized us for customer satisfaction awards for each of the last five years, which is the length of time this award program has been in existence. One of the key factors in winning this recognition is safety exhibited within the customer’s facilities.

Our Experience Modification Rate (EMR) has always been low — which by industry standards is excellent and reflects a history of safe operations. This EMR is a number that is used by the insurance industry to adjust company paid premiums. The lower the EMR, the lower the rates. Our low modifier and the resulting savings in workmen’s compensation insurance costs result in savings that are passed along to our customers.

HBJ Recognizes Straus Systems

Straus Systems helps keep Houstonians cool with HVAC services

Christine Hall, Houston Business Journal

Straus Systems
Rick Beeler, president

Straus Systems provides design and drawing development for heating, ventilating, air conditioning (HVAC) and refrigeration. It provides the equipment, installation and startup required to give its customers a complete operating system, including fabrication. It also provides service and contract maintenance.

Straus Systems’ corporate headquarters includes a 46,000-square-foot shop and 16,000-square-foot office located on a five-acre site in Stafford.

Founded in 1933, the company has many long-time employees. The average length of employment is more than 22 years.

Straus Systems started out selling and installing air-conditioning units for homes. As Houston grew and there were developments in equipment design, the company began servicing large commercial and industrial projects.

The company added process refrigeration and the fabrication and installation of process ductwork and eventually built a fabrication facility that has the capability to cut and weld sheet metal to any size or configuration needed by its customers.

Currently, the company works in all facets of the commercial market such as medical, office, churches and private schools. It also ships work overseas.

“We have also ventured into tenant work — going into existing and new facilities to finish out the floor space,” says Rick Beeler, president.

One of Straus’ most recent jobs was working on ChevronTexaco Corp.’s complex at 1500 Louisiana.

The company’s revenue for last year was $26.5 million.

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Straus Systems Receives SMACNA Safety Award

2006 SMACNA Safety Awards Winners

2006 SMACNA Safety Awards Program – A Huge Success
The results for the 2006 SMACNA Safety Excellence Award Program (SSEAP) represent over 56 million man-hours worked in calendar year 2005. 298 members responded to the 2006 survey, a great improvement from last year. The SSEAP is a vital program which enables SMACNA to track the safety history of the industry, and all SMACNA members are encouraged to participate. The SSEAP evaluates safety data, identifies trends, and recognizes SMACNA members with the lowest incidence rates in the prior calendar year. Additionally, with safety becoming more critical to a winning job proposal, the ability to advertise a successful safety program as a “SMACNA National Award Winner” has shown to be an important marketing tool for many past winners.

Submitting the survey form “on-line” has proven to be an easy and efficient way to get involved in the process, and this year over one-quarter of responding firms completed the survey form on-line through the SMACNA Website (, an all time high. All participating firms will receive a certificate of appreciation and a free copy of the SMACNA Hazcom Toolbox Talks manual, a great resource to promote chemical safety in the workplace. Of particular note, 65 member companies reported “Zero Injury Incidents”, a commendable accomplishment. These 65 companies will receive recognition awards in the mail.

The detailed safety statistics are still being evaluated and the resultant report will be presented when SMACNA publishes the 2006 Safety Profile, but we are proud to announce the winners in the various man-hour categories. The top three chapters with significant participation also receive an award. The 2006 award winners are presented below. First place winners in each category will receive their awards and be recognized in October during SMACNA’s annual convention in Phoenix, Arizona. The other winners will receive their awards via mail.

Over 500,000 hours
University Mechanical, Inc. – Tempe, AZ
Murphy Company – Saint Louis, MO
NewMech Companies, Inc. – Saint Paul, MN

400,001-500,000 hours
CCI Mechanical, Inc. – Salt Lake City, UT
Monterey Mechanical Co. – Oakland, CA
Martin Petersen Company, Inc. – Kenosha, WI

300,001-400,000 hours
Illingworth Corp. – Milwaukee, WI
Pahor Air Conditioning, Inc. – Las Vegas, NV
Airco Mechanical, Inc. – Sacramento, CA

200,001-300,000 hours
S.P. McCarl & Company – Altoona, PA
Straus Systems, LTD. – Stafford, TX
Harris & Hart, Inc. – Ogden, UT

100,001-200,000 hours
Mechanical Concepts, Inc. – Gary, IN
East Muskegon Roofing and Sheet Metal Co. – Muskegon, MI
Niagara Frontier Custom Fabrication – Blasdell, NY

50,001-100,000 hours
Neudorfer Engineers – Seattle, WA
Environmental Heating and Air Conditioning – Oxnard, CA
Winaire, Inc. – Huntington Beach, CA

25,001-50,000 hours
A & T Heating & Air Cond. Corp. – Bountiful, UT
Lackey Sheet Metal, LLC – St. Louis, MO
Environmental Air Services – Folcroft, PA

1-25,000 hours
TRI-C Sheet Metal, Inc. – Cleveland, OH
Gieske Custom Sheet Metal Fabricators – Kansas City, MO
Tri-State Sheet Metal, Inc. – Keokuk, IA

Chapter Participation Awards
SMCA of Philadelphia and Vicinity
SMARCA of Minnesota, Inc.
The Assoc. of Mechanical & S/M Contractors of Kansas

SMACNA congratulates all award winners on having an excellent year. We also thank all of our members who participated in the program and invite all SMACNA members to continue to strive toward a goal of improved safety performance. A summary of the 2006 safety statistics will be published in the September issue of SMACNews.

For questions about the SMACNA Safety Statistics Evaluation and Awards Program, please contact Mike McCullion, director of safety and health at (703) 995-4027 or e-mail


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