On December 5th, TMG Construction and its job site safety programs were honored by the Associated Builders and Contractors Metro Washington Chapter 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.
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.
Companies receiving the STEP Diamond award are 680% safer than the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics industry average.