Golden Triangle, Rio Grande honored for safety records

DENVER – A construction company based in Longmont and a restaurant chain in Fort Collins have received 2014 Division of Workers Compensation awards for their exemplary track record in workplace safety.

The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment honored Golden Triangle Construction Inc. in Longmont and Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant in Fort Collins along with four other companies Tuesday evening during a reception at the Governor’s Executive Residence.

Golden Triangle Construction is a full-service commercial general contractor; and the Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant is a chain that has seven locations in Colorado, including Boulder.

Both companies have been certified by the Division of Workers Compensation’s Premium Cost Containment Program, which guides employers in establishing safety practices to reduce work-related injuries.

According to Bill Thoennes, spokesman for the state labor department, the Premium Cost Containment Program has reduced insurance premiums by almost $290 million and claims by almost 90 percent.

Sarah Nilstoft with Rio Grande Mexican Restaurants said that the company hired safety officers for each restaurant.

“The safety officers are responsible for handling injuries from employees and guests, reporting maintenance and facility issues and making sure everybody is aware of safety issues,” Nilstoft said.

The other four compaDenver’s Christian Living Communities in Denver, Edwards-based Ewing Trucking and Construction Co., and Mech One Inc. in Colorado Springs.

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