NEC member Gilbane Building Company was recently awarded the Safety Training and Evaluation Process (STEP) Diamond Award by the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). The Diamond Award is the highest level of recognition given by the national construction industry association. Gilbane has been in business as a privately held and family-run company for 140 years providing quality construction services to its clients in the US and around the world. The STEP program was developed in 1989 by contractors, for contractors.
The requirements for winning the STEP Diamond Award are steep and highlight Gilbane’s full-bodied commitment to worker and site safety. They include: meeting 20 key elements of ABC’s comprehensive safety program; having supervisory personnel that have completed OSHA construction safety training; having site-specific safety and health programs in place; and having an injury Incidence rate at least 50 percent below the national construction average for each of the past 3 years, and EMR at or below 0.70. Gilbane takes great pride in the work they do and strives to be an industry leader in construction services and employee safety.
“We are proud of this safety recognition from our peers in the industry,” remarked Tony O’Dea, Gilbane vice president and director of corporate safety. “Our programs are the result of a companywide effort to develop and maintain comprehensive safety training and operational procedures for the more than 13,000 employees, contractors, partners and clients working on our job sites worldwide. Our goal is to take every step possible to ensure that everyone who comes onto a job goes home safety to her or his family that night.”
Companies that provide quality services, promote workplace safety, and value employee wellbeing are bound to be successful and to be recognized for their efforts. Gilbane is an example of one of these companies. The New England Council congratulates Gilbane for winning the STEP Diamond Award and lauds its commitment to safety.