Contact: Michelle Revette 
September 27, 2013

Midland, Michigan, September 2013 –ABC/GMC is proud to announce its members that have won the 2013 Safety Training and Evaluation Process (STEP) Awards. STEP recognizes ABC member companies who consistently excel in the field of safety, but more importantly it provides an evaluation tool to help identify areas to improve a company’s safety program. STEP was established in 1989, by the ABC National Environment Health & Safety Committee to assist ABC member contractors in evaluating and improving corporate safety practices and recognize outstanding safety training efforts. 

Each year, over 2,000 contractors of various sizes participate in the STEP program. The following ABC Greater Michigan Chapter member companies have been recognized in the following categories:

Alloy Construction Service, Inc.
Bay Aggregate
G.E. Insulation Co.
Three Rivers Corporation
Blasy Electric, Inc.
Central Concrete Product
Fisher Contracting Co.
Valley Electrical Contractors

Hannahs Electric Company
Harris Sheet Metal Co.
J.E. Johnson, Inc.
Pyramid Control, Inc.
RCL Construction Co., Inc.
Sugar Construction, Inc.
The Tancor Corporation

Answer Heating & Cooling, Inc.
Wolgast Corporation

Albin Hengesbach Carpentry & Custom Cabinets, Inc.

The keynote speaker at the event was Michael Bellaman, President & CEO of ABC National. With an undeniable passion for safety his focus as ABC National president is to encourage member companies to reach the highest level of safety standards.

The highest honor recognizing a safety program that demonstrates the highest commitment is the diamond-level. These companies must have an incident rate at least 50% below the National Bureau of Labor Statistics average in their particular NAICS code for the current year and each of the past two consecutive years and have an EMR (or “mod factor”) at or below 0.700 (0.800 for companies under 100 employees).

In addition to the STEP award presentation the first annual ABC/GMC Safety Leader Award was presented. The recipient, Paul
Crivac, Safety Director at Three Rivers Corporation was nominated by his peers for the expert safety knowledge he has brought to the company for the past 13 years. With over 30 years of construction experience, he is the focal point at his company for all safety communications, changes, investigations, inspections as well as all safety training required for all employees. He recently led an effort to standardize the companies Safety Manual to better acknowledge and share all safety communications.  He has consistently recommended corrective actions based on several reports and safety data to continue to mitigate all safety related hazards. His passion for safety is undeniable.

Another first for the evening was the “pinning” of the chapter’s inaugural class of Breakthrough leadership training. The group of 25 hand-selected front line leaders went through the Level I program this past summer.

The Breakthrough program was designed in collaboration with Dow Chemical and area contractors to strengthen those professionals who are accountable for results – specifically impacting safety, who collaborate on ideas, who are empowered to solve problems, who
pro-actively build relationships and are industry leaders as they continue to build future success. The program emphasized the skills needed to build external and internal relationships and leverage “best practices. The program was led by Wendy Groll, Vice President &
Master Trainer with Dale Carnegie Training, well-known for their expertise and superior training methods.

We congratulate all of the individuals and companies who were recognized for their outstanding leadership and safety practices that make our Chapter great!