Sealevel Achieves Platinum ABC STEP Award

September 6, 2023

Sealevel Construction is proud to announce that we have achieved the Platinum level of  Associated Builders and Contractors’ STEP Safety Management System. Founded more than three decades ago, STEP is a proven system that provides the framework to measure, strengthen and build industry-leading safety programs that enable top-performing ABC members to achieve incident rates nearly seven times safer than the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics construction industry average.

Director of Operations Travis Schonacher said, “We are extremely proud of this accomplishment. Our team continuously considers the safest approach for every task of our operation and this award is a direct reflection of those efforts.”

This award is a testament to Sealevel’s ever-evolving safety culture. Sealevel’s team is always striving to improve and has recently introduced a new philosophy- “I CARE 24/7-Make Safety Personal.” This initiative aims to create a culture of ownership, continuous improvement, and enhanced safety performance by learning to “Fail Safely.”  

Moreover, Sealevel’s safety team applauds employees for their enhanced incident management and investigation reporting. Each incident reported is disseminated across the whole organization, educating other employees about valuable safety lessons. Developing and adhering to task-specific Standard Operating Procedures has also played a pivotal role in the company’s equipment pre-use inspection protocol, decreasing the overall likelihood of incidents.

“Safety is a journey, and that journey is possible because of systems like STEP, which enables ABC member contractors like Sealevel Construction to actively build health and safety into their culture, creating industry-leading, holistic safety programs to protect their workers and deliver for their clients,” said Greg Sizemore, ABC vice president of health, safety, environment and workforce development. "STEP measures performance on key components, strengthens and expands best practices and builds safety culture. Our people are our greatest asset, and I commend Sealevel Construction for consistently fulfilling those commitments to raise the bar of safety performance.”

According to ABC’s annual 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 688% safer than the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics industry average. Ratings range from Diamond, the highest, to Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze and Participant.

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