Construction Association of South Florida names Bob Berry Safety Professional of the Year

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The Construction Association of South Florida (CASF) has named Bob Berry, Sims Crane and Equipment’s director of safety, as the 2015 Safety Professional of the Year.  The CASF award recognizes an individual who has greatly impacted the safety culture of his or her company as well as the construction industry in South Florida.

Sims Crane & Equipment says in a news release it has more than 50 years of innovative safety practices and education, sophisticated technology and financial stability.

“All of us at Sims Crane know what a great guy Bob Berry is and how dedicated he is to promoting and advancing safety in the construction industry,” said Dean Sims II, Sims Crane vice-president of marketing. “It was certainly an honor for him to receive this acknowledgment from his peers in CASF.”

CASF is a non-profit organization whose members are from all aspects of the construction industry – general contractors, subcontractors, material suppliers, design professionals and other professionals, such as attorneys and accountants – each with a vested interest in the building industry.

Berry boasts more than four decades in the crane and rigging industry and is considered an industry leader and icon for crane safety.  In the six years that Berry has been with Sims, crane and rigging standards have become even more rigorous, focused on rigging and signalman certification. He is setting a high bar for safety, providing basic rigging and signalman courses throughout the organization and as a resource for construction industry partners.

“Bob’s personal philosophy and actions mirror Sims’ core values – safety, professionalism, personal pride and teamwork,” said Sims. “This is the first time the CASF has honored someone from a crane company with the Safety Professional of the Year Award, and that is powerful testimony to Bob’s high level of commitment to safety culture.”


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