Willow Construction Achieves World-Class Safety Standards Through Diamond Level ABC STEP Program

Easton, Maryland, April 5,Willow Construction has announced it has achieved Diamond level in Associated Builders and Contractor’s STEP Safety Management System. Founded more than three decades ago, STEP has evolved into a world-class safety program that dramatically improves safety performance among construction industry participants, with top-performing Diamond members achieving incident rates 645% safer than the industry average.

“Safety is absolutely our top priority, and it is reflected on every single Willow Project”, said Bernard A. Cheezum, Jr., CHC, Vice President and co-owner of Willow Construction. “This achievement is a true testament to our team members’ and trade partners’ commitment to continually raising the bar when it comes to the safety performance and total human health of our employees.”   

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 jobsite incidents.

“Safety is a journey, and that journey is possible because of systems like STEP, which enables ABC member contractors like Willow Construction to have safer and more productive jobsites,” said Greg Sizemore, ABC vice president of health, safety, environment and workforce development. “Committing to total human health is essential to ensure the physical and mental health and safety of our workforce, and I commend Willow 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 84%, making the best performing companies more than eight 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 abc.org/step.