Chairman’s Message: Working Safely May Get Old, But so do Those Who Practice it
May is a big month for the Gould Construction Institute, Associated Builders and Contractors of Massachusetts’ training affiliate, which is fully licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
The reason May is so important is because of the Gould’s biggest annual event, the Safety Training and Evaluation Process (STEP) awards ceremony and dinner, when the merit shop industry takes a couple of hours to recognize member companies and their employees for dedicating themselves to jobsite safety and continually improving their safety performance.
The ninth annual STEP awards event was held Thursday, May 15th at 6 p.m. at Montvale Plaza in Stoneham. Over 200 people attended this event, reinforcing the value of safety to our member companies and their employees.
Lots of companies say safety is a priority, but STEP gives you the tools to make safety a reality. The process was developed by contractors for contractors and it’s been proving its value for over two decades.
STEP works for small contractors, large ones, and everyone in between by providing an organized 20-point guide to developing and analyzing safety and loss prevention programs. It incorporates both OSHA-required safety data and self-assessments to provide a comprehensive view of a company’s entire safety program.
And ABC has data to prove that STEP works. In 2009, STEP participants beat the national averages compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics in a number of areas. Contractors with strong safety records have the advantage when it comes to both bidding for work and negotiating insurance rates.
Don’t wait until someone at your company is injured before getting your employees the proper training. The Gould is always available to assist you with your training and educational needs. Check them out today at www.gwgci.org. And while you’re online, don’t forget to go towww.abc.org/stepapp to apply to participate in STEP.