Continental Cement was recognized for excellence in workplace safety
and health during the Governor’s Safety Awards ceremony on May 7th during the 85th annual
Minnesota Safety & Health Conference at Mystic Lake Center. Continental Cement is one
of 294 employers to be honored through the awards program, coordinated by the Minnesota Safety
“Every day in Minnesota, about 100 workers get injured or ill to the point that they can’t go back to their
job the next day,” said Paul Aasen, president of the Minnesota Safety Council. “Congratulations to
Continental Cement for their hard work to make sure their employees are not part of this
“At Continental Cement, we perform our work safely so we can enjoy our time at home with family and friends.
At home, we apply what we learn at Continental Cement so we can return to work and contribute to the team,”
said Kevin OHern, Area Supervisor at Continental Cement.
Since 1934, the annual Governor’s Safety Awards program has honored Minnesota employers with
exceptional safety performance. Applicants are judged on several years of injury data as it compares with
their industry’s national statistics, and on their progress in implementing a comprehensive safety
program. Winners are recognized at three levels:
- Meritorious Achievement (170 winners): Incidence rates that are better than the industry
average for at least three years, and a score between 50 and 74 on a 100-point safety program
- Outstanding Achievement (83 winners): Continuing improvement and/or a continuing
outstanding record with incident rates that are 51%-90% better than the industry average, and a
score between 75 and 90 on the safety program evaluation scale.
- Award of Honor (41 winners): Incidence rates at least 91% better than the industry average, and
a score between 91 and 100 on the safety program evaluation scale.
Continental Cement received an Award of Honor for exemplary workplace safety efforts in 2018.
The Governor’s Safety Awards recognition is part of the 85th annual Minnesota Safety & Health
Conference, coordinated by the Minnesota Safety Council. The conference is the oldest and one of the
largest gatherings of workplace safety and health professionals in the region. The Minnesota Safety
Council, founded in 1928, is a non-governmental, not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the
quality of life in Minnesota by preventing unintentional injuries.