Update on 2020 Zero Injury Safety Awards Gala

The National Maintenance Agreements Policy Committee, Inc. (NMAPC) has cancelled the Zero Injury Safety Awards® (ZISA®) Dinner and Gala, originally scheduled for October 22, 2020 at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. While the in-person event will not move forward, tripartite teams that achieved zero injuries on projects will still receive their awards, and NMAPC will honor the winners with a special online celebration.

"This is not how anyone expected the 20th annual ZISA® Gala to turn out," said NMAPC Impartial Secretary/CEO Steve Lindauer. "We were all looking forward to gathering together and celebrating two decades of hard work and tripartite commitment to the zero-injury philosophy. But at the end of the day, we could not in good conscience schedule a large physical event while the coronavirus remains a significant public health concern for our industry and our country. Doing so would be contrary to both expert guidance and the NMAPC's fundamental commitment to safety."

Lindauer added, "For our industry, 2020 has been a master class in adapting to unexpected circumstances, embracing uncertainty and finding new ways to innovate and move forward in the face of extreme challenges. COVID-19 may have forced us to cancel the Gala, but rest assured, ZISA® itself is not cancelled. We are in the final stages of auditing this year's applications and will soon be notifying the winning tripartite teams."

This year's winners will receive their physical awards in the mail later this fall. In addition, NMAPC is working on a special 20th anniversary video that will soon debut on our website. We will also publicize the winning teams via our website and social media channels.

"I want to personally congratulate every tripartite team that achieved zero injuries on their projects - not just in the current awards cycle, but over the last twenty years," Lindauer concluded. "We will get through this, and ZISA® will continue to represent the highest ideals of the union construction and maintenance industry for another twenty years — and beyond."

August 09, 2020