February 6, 2023 ABC Central Ohio announced it has recognized nine member companies in Associated Builders and Contractor’s STEP Safety Management System. STEP participants are on average are 85% safer than the industry average. Founded more than three decades ago, STEP has evolved into a world-class safety program that dramatically improves safety performance among construction industry participants.

ABC Central Ohio Member Company STEP Achievements

  • Diamond level: Echo 24, Inc. Ferguson Construction Company, and Kwest Group, LLC
  • Platinum level: Sandel Corporation
  • Gold level: Garber Electrical Contractors, Inc.
  • Silver level: DeFabCo, Inc.
  • Bronze level: Area Energy & Electric, Inc., Cogburn Electric, Inc., and Setterlin Building Co.

As STEP participants, these companies have demonstrated a commitment to create the conditions for all employees to preform safely, These leaders are fostering an industrywide commitment to ensure mental health and physical safety of our workforce. By implementing proactive safety measures, such as substance abuse programs, new hire safety orientation and toolbox talks.

STEP participants measure their safety processes and policies on key components through a detailed questionnaire with the goal of implementing or enhancing safety programs that reduce job site incidents.
According to ABC’s 2022 Safety Performance Report, STEP participants, regardless of company size or type of work, can reduce recordable incidents up to 85%, making the best-performing companies more than six times safer than the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics industry average. Ratings range from Diamond, the highest, to Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze and Participant.
To learn more about the STEP program, visit abcstep.org.