All AQC-certified contractors are Gold, Platinum or Diamond-level members in ABC’s STEP Safety Management System, which dramatically improves safety performance.

November 23, 2022

Haskell named Accredited Quality Contractor for 24th consecutive year

The designation's holistic nature adds meaning. In addition to quality, it also factors in safety, education, diversity and community relations components.

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For the 24th consecutive year, Haskell has been named an Accredited Quality Contractor (AQC) by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), a prestigious certification acknowledging the company’s commitment to corporate responsibility. Only 450 of the nation’s elite merit shop construction contractors earned the credential in 2021.

Launched nearly 30 years ago, ABC’s AQC program recognizes world-class construction firms that have documented their commitment in five areas:

  • Quality
  • Safety performance
  • Talent management, inclusion, diversity and equity
  • Craft and management education
  • Community relations

“We take a lot of pride in this certification, and what I like about this award is that it's about more than just quality,” said Kevin Kett, Haskell’s Director of Quality. “It includes safety and education. It’s not just about building the best project. It’s about building it and also helping the trades and learning from it and making sure everyone goes home safely. They've put it under a larger umbrella, and it really hits home for us because we touch all those elements.”

In earning the AQC credential, each member company commits to world-class safety by achieving Gold, Platinum or Diamond-level membership in ABC’s STEP Safety Management System. Founded more than three decades ago, STEP dramatically improves safety performance among construction industry participants, with top performers achieving incident rates more than eight times safer than the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics industry average. Haskell is a Diamond-level STEP member and a recipient of ABC’s National Safety Pinnacle Award in 2021, when the company’s Recordable Injury Rate was 13.5 times better than the industry.

“Accredited Quality Contractors set the standard in the contracting community in safety, culture, workforce development, innovation, diversity and quality,” said 2022 ABC National Chair of the Board of Directors Stephanie Schmidt, president of Poole Anderson Construction, State College, Pennsylvania. “Congratulations to this high-performing construction company. Daily, the leaders and employees of Haskell commit to the highest level of corporate and community achievement, exemplifying the best about ABC membership.”

AQC members also take the following pledge: As an Accredited Quality Contractor, our company is committed to providing our clients with the highest quality construction services, and we care deeply about our employees and the communities in which we build. We are proud to be part of the construction industry and are dedicated to the principles of free enterprise. We commit ourselves to serve our communities and provide our employees with the skills they need to work safely and productively in order to meet the needs of our clients.

AQC is recognized by Construction Users Roundtable, an organization founded by leading construction project owners.

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About ABC: Associated Builders and Contractors is a national construction industry trade association established in 1950 that represents more than 21,000 members. Founded on the merit shop philosophy, ABC and its 69 chapters help members develop people, win work and deliver that work safely, ethically and profitably for the betterment of the communities in which ABC and its members work.

Haskell delivers more than $1 billion annually in Architecture, Engineering, Construction (AEC) and Consulting solutions to assure certainty of outcome for complex capital projects worldwide. Haskell is a global, fully integrated, single-source design-build and EPC firm with over 2,000 highly specialized, in-house design, construction and administrative professionals across industrial and commercial markets. With 20+ office locations around the globe, Haskell is a trusted partner for global and emerging clients.

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