Haskell team members gathered for a photo after receiving five awards at the 2023 ABC Excellence in Construction Awards Gala. From left are John-Paul Saenz, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer; Ben Goode, Safety Manager/SME; Lance Simons, VP of Safety & Quality; Brian Roundtree, Director of Corporate Safety; Chris Bunch, Corporate Safety SME; and Pete Kinsley, Operations President of Project Delivery Management.

March 17, 2023

Second Straight Pinnacle Award Marks Consistent Safety Leadership

ABC's highest safety honor acknowledges that as Haskell is working more, its team members and contract partners are also working more safely.


Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) has recognized Haskell with the 2022 National Safety Pinnacle Award, the industry’s highest safety honor, for the second consecutive year and the third year in the past four.

“Being part of the ABC means you’re doing your best to improve your business and your operation. To be recognized as a member of the upper echelon in that giant group of respected companies is very rewarding,” said Lance Simons, Vice President of Safety and Quality.

Statistically, Haskell is measured against the commercial construction industry based on Total Recordable Incident Rate (TRIR), which is compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. In 2022, Haskell team members recorded a TRIR of 0.28 while executing in excess of 4.2 million manhours. This represents a performance that was the third-best in company history, 10 times better than the industry average.

But TRIR doesn’t tell the whole story, and Simons said he took extra pride in the Pinnacle Award because, like Haskell, ABC takes a much broader view in judging safety success.

“In the past we gauged our safety performance on Recordable Incident Rate. That is a measure of how well we protect our own people. That's not what we're hired to do,” he said. “So, we developed a Work in Place (WIP) metric. That’s a metric inclusive of everyone on our job sites, including our contract partners. ABC looks at it holistically to gauge how you manage safety collectively as organization, including all the people that may not get a paycheck from your organization. And that's where our measure needs to be. That’s what our clients want us to do.”

By that measure, Haskell projects recorded in excess of 10.8 million manhours in 2022, a 52% increase over the past five years, for a WIP rate of 0.92, the lowest mark since tracking began in 2014 and a five-year improvement of 36%.

Put simply, Haskell is working more and working more safely.

Simons said careful prequalification of contract partners and expedient but thorough education contributed to the improvement. The company’s award-winning SafeMatters Jobsite Safety Orientation program is an invaluable tool and a prerequisite for anyone stepping on a job site.

“When contract partners are performing work on our behalf, we have we have a very short window to help them get acclimated, and understand and adhere to our culture,” Simons said. “SafeMatters is our way to outline the expectations of everybody on a Haskell project. It’s based on our Code of Safe Practices, and it allows everybody to play by the same minimum set of rules, which means, in theory, you should be able to look out for your neighbor next to you regardless of who gives them their paycheck.”

Another Haskell program, called “Take 5” craft engagements, regularly sends members of upper management to job sites to talk with craftsmen about their training and safety habits. As gratifying as a second consecutive Pinnacle Award is, Simons often finds the Take 5 responses equally high praise.

“When we do the Take 5, and the feedback you get is, ‘You can tell a Haskell project. It’s different from others we've worked on,’ man that's rewarding,” he said. “Nothing is more rewarding than having a trade professional get engaged by leadership and say they work for other companies and know that on a Haskell project, safety is most important. That's where we want to be. “

Haskell’s safety performance is one of many ways in which it ensures the greatest possible risk management on its clients’ projects. Contact our project management team to discuss your facilities needs.

Haskell delivers $2± 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 2,200 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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