Poole & Kent Company of Florida announced that Dave Lockhart, the company’s Director of Loss Control and Safety Director, has been named Safety Professional of the Year by the Construction Association of South Florida (CASF). The award recognizes an individual who has greatly impacted the safety culture of his company as well as the construction industry in South Florida.
A market leader in specialty general contracting with an emphasis on highly complex process mechanical, HVAC, plumbing, and refrigeration systems, Poole & Kent is a subsidiary of EMCOR Group, Inc., a Fortune 500 leader in mechanical and electrical construction, energy infrastructure, and facilities services for a diverse range of businesses.
“We’re very pleased Dave has been recognized with this significant industry honor,” stated Patrick Carr, President & CEO, Poole & Kent Company of Florida.  “Dave is a consummate safety professional.  His knowledge, creativity, experience, and organizational leadership are respected by employees and key to the safety culture of Poole & Kent.”
Lockhart joined Poole & Kent in 2000. Under his direction the company has had continuous improvement in its safety performance, including posting a major safety record of Zero Recordable Accidents in 2012. This accomplishment resulted in Poole & Kent receiving a First Place Excellence in Safety Award from The Mechanical Contractors Association of South Florida (MCASF) in 2012, which was the second First Place safety award it received from MCASF in three years.
Lockhart has been a leader in promoting safety throughout the construction industry. He participates in numerous safety training events, has taught OSHA 10 hours, CPR, first aid, and confined space classes; he is also involved with the Safety Expo for Students. He serves as Chairman of the MCASF Safety Committee, Co-Chair of the CASF Committee and is a member of the AGC Safety Committee. Lockhart is also active in the National Association of Safety Professionals and the Safety Alliance for Excellence.

Poole & Kent specializes in the construction of municipal wastewater and water treatment plants, fueling facilities, oxygenation systems, cogeneration facilities, airports, aviation fuel pipeline systems, large pumping stations, reverse osmosis and nanofiltration facilities, central HVAC chiller plants and other highly complex, mechanically intensive, general construction projects.