KBR Building Group Receives ABC's National STEP Safety Award for 6th Consecutive Year
November 1, 2011

KBR Building Group is among a select group of firms in the Carolinas to receive the 2011 STEP Award from the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). The Building Group was presented with this prestigious national safety award — at the Platinum level — earlier this month at ABC of the Carolinas's regional safety conference held October 13-14 in Charlotte.

Gaylord Ballard, Senior HSE Manager, KBR Building Group, accepted the 2011 STEP Award on behalf of our company. Ballard is currently assigned to the Duke Medicine Pavilion and Duke Cancer Center Building Program in Durham, North Carolina. This multi-faceted project, which includes five enabling projects and the North Concourse Expansion, recently achieved a collective safety milestone of 2 million work-hours without a lost-time incident. In total, the nearly $400 million project comprises more than 1 million square feet of floor space.

"This marks the sixth year in a row that our company has been recognized at the highest level for its safety program," said Andy Johnson, Director of Safety, KBR Building Group. "ABC's Platinum Award recognizes our teams companywide for their extraordinary effort in working towards the common goal of eliminating workplace incidents and injuries."

Established more than 20 years ago, ABC’s Safety Training and Evaluation Process (STEP) Awards program specifically recognizes construction companies for their achievements in safety training and self-evaluation, including their ongoing efforts to develop a quality safety program.

A long-term member of ABC, KBR Building Group is an Accredited Quality Contractor (AQC) in good standing for the year 2011.

Criteria for Platinum-Level STEP Award — For recognition as a Platinum-level award winner, a company must excel in twenty key safety measurable components. These include maintaining an incidence rate of at least 25% below the national average. There can be no fatalities or willful/repeat OSHA violations and the EMR must be at or below 0.80. Company employees must also meet specific safety training requirements, become actively involved in the company safety program and provide the documentary evidence of achievement.