Cache Valley companies win safety awards

By Emilie H. Wheeler
The Herald Journal
May 30, 2008

Two Cache Valley businesses will be awarded by the Worker’s Compensation Fund next week for their workplace safety endeavors.

The Utah State University Research Foundation’s Space Dynamics Laboratory will receive a Charles A. Caine Safety Award on Tuesday. It is one of 15 companies in the state that will receive that recognition.

ICON Health & Fitness will receive the Diversity Award for its workforce’s ethnic and racial diversity and its efforts toward training and protecting its employees. Only one other organization in Utah will receive that award this year.

ICON, headquartered in Logan, has 10 full-time staff in the safety department and tries to keep at least two fluent Spanish speakers on staff at all time, ICON Safety Director Todd Slade said.

“As a company, ICON is committed to providing the tools and training to all our manufacturing employees, regardless of whether they speak English or Spanish,” Slade said.

The company has created special training programs to address the needs of Spanish speakers at ICON, Slade said. More than 50 percent of the manufacturing employees speak Spanish and most of them speak only Spanish, he said.

The United Way of Salt Lake will also receive the Caine award.

At Utah State University, the Space Dynamics Laboratory released a statement acknowledging the award that recognizes maintaining and improving a safe workplace.

 “This award is a credit to our safety director, Eric Hansen, as well as all of SDL’s employees for their constant diligence in maintaining a safe working environment for our employees, as well as our visiting customers and subcontractors,” the statement reads.

SDL, based on Innovation Campus in North Logan, designs and builds instrumentation for customers such as NASA and the Department of Defense. It is one of 12 university-affiliated research centers in the country.

ICON is the world’s largest developer, manufacturer and marketer of fitness equipment and holds more than 200 patents.

Other Utah organizations set to be honored Tuesday in Salt Lake City include Ace Disposal of Salt Lake, Action Hot Oil Service Inc. of Roosevelt, Big D Corporation of Salt Lake, Dairyway Transport of Tremonton, Fashion Cabinet of West Jordan, Fetzer Architectural Woodwork of West Valley City, Geary Construction Inc. of Coalville, Larry H. Miller Group of Sandy, Petersen Inc. of Farr West, REI Drilling Inc. of Salt Lake, Riverbend Express of Washington, Sandy City Corporation, St. George Truss Company and Western Pipe Fabrications Inc. of Centerville.

More information about the Worker’s Compensation Fund and its recognitions can be found at

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