Foremost Pipeline Wins Top Industry Safety Award

The South Carolina construction company received a William H. Feather Safety Award from the National Utility Contractors Association for its impeccable safety record in 2021

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The National Utility Contractors Association (NUCA) recently named Foremost Pipeline Construction Company of Gaston, South Carolina, as the overall winner of the association’s prestigious William H. Feather Safety Award.

“At Foremost, we want everyone to go home better than they came to work,” says Christopher Vincent, the company’s safety coordinator. “We apply training to our job-specific tasks that our managers gain from NUCA programs. With all of the training we do, policies and procedures we put in place, and personal protection equipment and tools we provide, safety comes down to watching out for yourself and your brothers and sisters on your crew.”

The company’s impressive record in 2021 of 432,804 man-hours worked with one recordable accident and zero fatalities helped Foremost in the final selection process for the award. Foremost takes the approach of safety being the foundation of every employee’s future.

“Without a safe mindset you jeopardize you and your family’s future,” Vincent says.

“Our people do dangerous and important work every day to benefit themselves and their families,” says Tim Haechten, Foremost’s general manager. Foremost uses several safety protocols and NUCA/industry training programs to guide the actions of its workforce each day, on and off the job site. These protocols include the Last Minute Risk Assessment and the “Seven Common Causes” reminders on how accidents begin.

These protocols, training, and employee self-awareness all contributed to Foremost’s excellent safety record. The 56-year-old company has won four previous William H. Feather Safety Awards, but this was the first year it was awarded the top honors by NUCA.

The William H. Feather Safety Award was created by NUCA in 1978 to honor the contributions of the founding chairman of NUCA’s Safety Committee, William Feather. The awards recognize the superior safety commitments demonstrated by NUCA members in an industry where job sites can present hazards on a daily basis. The annual awards are awarded based on the safety documentation submitted by interested member companies and judged by industry safety professionals.

Other NUCA members who won the association’s three lesser 2021 safety awards in these man-hour categories include:

  • 0-100,000 man-hours — Fehlinger Construction of Shavertown, Pennsylvania
  • 200,001 – 500,000 man-hours — Cleary Construction of Tompkinsville, Kentucky
  • 500,000 – 1,000,000 man-hours — MAC Construction & Excavating of New Albany, Indiana

About The National Utility Contractors Association

Founded in 1964, the National Utility Contractors Association represents over 1,800 U.S. utility and excavation contractors, manufacturers, and suppliers who provide the materials and workforce to build and maintain our nation’s intricate network of water, sewer, gas, telecommunications, and electric infrastructure. Visit


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