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ABC of California Announces Over 300 Members Achieve World-Class Safety Standards Through ABC STEP Program

California Construction Companies Continue to Make Safety a Top-Priority

Sacramento, Calif., October 26, 2021 – Associated Builders and Contractors of California (ABC of California) today announced 324 contractor members have achieved world-class safety standards through the Associated Builders and Contractor’s STEP Safety Management System.  According to ABC’s 2021 Safety Performance Report, STEP participants, regardless of company size or type of work, can reduce recordable incidents up to 85%, making the best-performing companies more than six times safer than the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics industry average.  

“ABC of California is challenging the status quo by placing safety as a top priority in the industry. By encouraging members to achieve and maintain world-class standards, we are creating a culture where safety is an obligation, not just a goal,” said John Hamo, Chair of the Board of Directors of ABC of California. “In fact, 10% of the STEP participants in California are Diamond level participants which are 655% safer than the industry average and we only expect this number to grow.”

STEP participants measure their safety processes and policies on key components the goal of implementing or enhancing safety programs that reduce job site incidents.

“STEP participants have demonstrated a commitment to create the conditions for all to do their work without incident,” said Greg Sizemore, ABC vice president of health, safety, environment and workforce development. “An industrywide commitment to total human health is also essential to ensure both the physical and mental health and safety of our workforce. By implementing proactive safety measures, such as substance abuse programs, new hire safety orientation and toolbox talks, STEP participants are committed to consistently raising the bar when it comes to safety performance.”

Founded more than three decades ago, STEP has evolved into a world-class safety program that dramatically improves safety performance among construction industry participants. Ratings range from Diamond, the highest, to Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze and Participant.

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