Eastern Contractors Association is proud to announce that member firm TEC Protective Coatings, Inc. was awarded an international safety award earlier this week from the Finishing Contractors Association International (FCA). TEC took top honors in the industrial coatings category for firms with 50,001-100,000 hours. This is the firm’s fifth time winning the Contractors Recognizing Excellence in Safety Training (CREST) Award, dating back to its first honor in 2013. Also receiving recognition were Architectural Glass and Metal, Inc (glass and metal, 50,001-100,000 hours) and Henderson-Johnson Co., Inc. (drywall finishing, 150,000+ hours), who were named among the top performers in their respective categories. CONGRATULATIONS to all three firms! The CREST Award is 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). This includes levels of safety training, on-going safety practices, impact of the safety program on the company and data collected from the company's OSHA Form 300A Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses. Helfrich Also Recognized ECA’s own President and CEO Todd Helfrich was also recognized, as he was named FCA’s Affiliate Executive of the Year. In making the nomination, ECA Chairman Tom Carney said, “Todd supports many trades in his role at our association. He is always accessible, reliable and professional in his support to our company and our fellow contractors. His diligence and expertise in contractor support with various trades in representing our organization is inspiring and has proven to be invaluable in our growth. He has lent his expert support in contract negotiations, he is a qualified liaison, and is a true resource for our contractors.” Congratulations, Todd! FCA International represents the largest community of finishing contractors in North America engaged in architectural glass and metal, drywall finishing, floor covering, industrial coating, painting and wallcovering and sign work. This is the 12th year that FCA has sponsored the CREST Awards.