Haskell received the 2020 Associated Builders and Contractors’ National Safety Excellence Award during the 31st annual Excellence in Construction Awards, held March 10 as part of the ABC Convention 2021 in Grapevine, Texas.
One of 39 winning contractor companies selected from more than 1,400 award submissions, Haskell was one of 18 entrants in the General Contractor category.
“We have a long history of maintaining safety and health standards across our entire enterprise that exceed those of our industry peers, said Brian Roundtree, Haskell Corporate Safety Director. “This recognition truly exemplifies our commitment to the safety of all.”
The 2020 National Safety Excellence Award winners were selected from ABC member firms that achieved Diamond, Platinum and Gold status in ABC’s STEP Safety Management System in 2020. Contractors were judged on self-evaluation scores, lost-workday case rates, total recordable incident rates (RIR), leading indicator use, process and program innovations and interviews with firm Senior Leadership conducted by members of ABC’s National Health and Safety Committee.
“Haskell is creating the conditions for its people to do their job well in a safe, healthy and mentally fit environment,” said 2021 ABC National Chair of the Board of Directors Steve Klessig, vice president of architecture and engineering, Keller Inc., Kaukauna, Wisconsin. “A culture of both safety and total human health cannot exist without leadership choosing daily not to compromise on safety, and ABC commends this safety leader in our industry for modeling this belief in every action.”
Despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, Haskell team members and contract partners contributed a record 3.3 million manhours while achieving significant year-over-year improvement in RIR and severity rate.
“It makes me proud when we get comments from contract partners saying, ‘You could definitely tell when you come to a Haskell project, because it’s a safer place to work,’” said Lance Simons, Haskell Vice President of Safety & Quality. “They know we care about the individual. The work is important, but we consciously strive to ensure the welfare of the individual ahead of all else.”
Founded in 1989, STEP participation demonstrates safety leadership and a cultural commitment to safety performance. STEP applicants measure safety processes and policies on 24 key components through a detailed questionnaire with the goal of implementing or enhancing safety programs that reduce jobsite incidents.