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Construction firm enjoys 17-year safety run

September 10, 2015
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CD Barnes has won the Safety Training and Evaluation Process Award from the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Western Michigan Chapter 11 of the past 13 years. Photo via fb.com

CD Barnes is apparently a pretty safe place to work.

The Grand Rapids-based general contractor recently earned a Safety Training and Evaluation Process Award from the Associated Builders and Contractors Western Michigan Chapter. CD Barnes received the award for its “ongoing efforts in development of a quality safety program for 2015.”

“It’s a huge honor to receive the Platinum STEP Award from ABC,” said Todd Oosting, executive vice president of CD Barnes. “The award symbolizes our commitment to safety and health from the top down.”

The STEP award that was given to CD Barnes was Platinum, which is the award’s highest level for a company that has less than 50 employees.

CD Barnes is no stranger to STEP Awards, having received 11 Platinum awards in the last 13 years. CD Barnes has also held a zero Days Away / Restricted or Transfer Rate (DART) for 17 consecutive years.

“In 1989, the ABC National Environment, Health & Safety Committee developed the STEP program. Participation in STEP provides construction companies with an opportunity to measure the progress of their safety programs through the 20 key components self-evaluation,” according to a press release. “The evaluation illustrates performance benchmarks of peer ABC members and identifies areas of improvement.”

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