Bobby Blankenship of Merli Concrete Pumping has been named 2018 Safe Operator of the Year by the American Concrete Pumping Association (ACPA).
“Safety is one of the American Concrete Pumping Association’s highest priorities, and our goal is to foster a culture of safety at every level in the concrete pumping industry,” said Christi Collins, executive director, in a prepared statement. “Recognizing the finest examples of safety is one way we uphold our commitment to this mission.”
Blankenship has operated concrete pumps for more than 40 years, beginning in 1974 at CCC Pumping in Detroit. He joined Merli in 1985. He has held certification as an ACPA concrete pump operator since 2008, when Merli joined the association.
Every nomination included at least one recommendation from a supervisor, coworker, or customer. An independent safety consultant selected the winner according to the criteria of safety record, workforce development and a spirit of furthering the concrete pumping industry.