ABC Honors Gilbane with its STEP Diamond Award for Safety

Jul 20, 2015, 10:36 ET from Gilbane Building Company

PROVIDENCE, R.I., July 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Gilbane Building Company and its job site safety programs were honored recently by the Associated Builders and Contractors with its Diamond Award. Given as part of its Safety Training and Evaluation Process (STEP) program, the Diamond Award is the highest level recognition offered by this national construction industry association. 

"We are honored to again receive this recognition from the Associated Builders and Contractors.  Nurturing an environment that promotes and maintains safe and productive outcomes for our employees, craft workers, clients and team mates has been a core value for Gilbane for over 142 years," says Mike McKelvy, President at Gilbane Building Company. "By relentlessly applying best practices of diligent preplanning, effective training, visible leadership, and employee engagement outlined in the ABC's STEP application, we strive to ensure that every one of the 30,000 men and women that work on our projects returns home safely each day."

Established in 1989 by the ABC National Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S) Committee, the STEP program was developed and written by contractors, for contractors. Candidates must meet stringent safety requirements including:

  • A comprehensive safety program meeting 20 key elements of ABC's self-score audit including a documented substance abuse program
  • Site supervisory personnel who have completed OSHA 10-hour construction safety course or equivalent, designated safety personnel with OSHA 30-hour, construction safety course training or equivalent
  • Incorporating lagging indicator safety performance data with leading indicator use and self-assessment requirements to give a full, wide ranging report on the entire nature of a company's Safety Program
  • Employees actively involved in safety and health program by participation in self-audits, site inspections, job hazard analyses, safety and health program reviews, safety training, near-miss investigations, and trained in identification and control of hazards specific to the contractor's worksites.

In addition, a Diamond Award honoree must have an injury incidence rate at least 50 percent below the national construction average for each of the past three years with zero fatalities and an EMR at or below 0.70.

About Gilbane, Inc.

Gilbane provides a full slate of construction and facilities-related services -- from pre-construction planning and integrated consulting capabilities to comprehensive construction management, close-out and facility management services – for clients across various markets. Founded in 1873 and still a privately held, family-run company, Gilbane has more than 50 offices worldwide. For more information, visit


Wes Cotter

Gilbane Building Co.




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