Barriere honored with ABC National Safety Merit Award for 2022  

Last month, Barriere earned a National Safety Merit Award from Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). The award was presented at the 33rd annual Excellence in Construction® Awards during ABC Convention 2023 in Orlando, Florida, on March 16.

The National Safety Excellence Award (NSEA) winners were selected from ABC member firms that achieved Diamond, Platinum or Gold status in 2022 for ABC’s Safety Training Evaluation Process (STEP) Safety Management System. 

Founded more than three decades ago, the STEP Safety Management System has become the standard for developing world-class safety management systems in construction. It is designed to help both large and small contractors evaluate every aspect of their corporate safety and health programs and identify opportunities for improvement. 

At Barriere, safety is at the heart of everything we do, and 2022 marked the 10th consecutive year we achieved Diamond status, the highest STEP level possible. Diamond status means Barriere is 645% safer than the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics industry average for reported incident rates. And Barriere was one of only 49 companies recognized with a National Safety Excellence Award for 2022.

“World-class safety and total human health are essential pillars of the culture of ABC member companies — and those priorities are exemplified by these contractors,” said 2023 National Chair of the ABC Board of Directors Milton Graugnard, executive vice president, Cajun Industries LLC, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. “Barriere prioritizes taking care of its employees, their greatest asset. Among the NSEA winners are several ABC Top Performers, leading contractor members ranked by work hours, demonstrating the positive impact of implementing strong safety programs.”

The National Safety Excellence Awards are presented in three major North American Industry Classification System code categories: NAICS 236—Construction of Buildings; NAICS 237—Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction; and NAICS 238—Specialty Trade Contractors.  

At the NSEA gala on March 16, Barriere Safety Field Coordinator Joe Matias accepted the award on our behalf. Barriere will also be among the NSEA winners recognized in the upcoming May issue of Construction Executive Magazine.

Safety and total human health are foundational to Barriere’s Culture of Care, and we are honored to be recognized by ABC with this 2022 National Safety Excellence Award.


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