DECCO, Inc. today announced it has earned a National Safety Excellence Award from Associated Builders and Contractors, which was presented at the 34th annual Excellence in Construction® Awards during ABC Convention 2024 in Kissimmee, FL on March 14.

DECCO’s Edwin Jones, Sr. Dir. of EH&S; Kyle Reagan, President & CEO; and Kevin Rush, Field Safety Manager

DECCO received an Excellence Award for its unwavering dedication to jobsite safety. This recognition is a testament to DECCO’s exceptional safety performance and outstanding safety programs, as deemed exemplary by the ABC National Health and Safety Committee. Out of numerous contenders, DECCO stood out and was one of the select 45 contractors nationwide to receive this esteemed award. This achievement underscores DECCO’s commitment to creating a safe and secure work environment for its employees and partners.

“Safety is essential for each employee-partner at DECCO, and it’s the heartbeat of our organization. A company culture focused on safety cannot exist without leadership choosing daily to never compromise on the safety and the well-being of everyone. We are honored to be recognized among the safest specialty contractors in the nation and will continue to innovate and learn about ways to set the industry standard for safety best practices,” said Edwin Jones, DECCO’s Senior Director of Environmental Health & Safety.

Protecting and caring for people is the core of DECCO’s safety philosophy. DECCO firmly believes that all employee-partners are valued and respected for who they are, which is why one of their biggest priorities is promoting a culture of Safety Accountability From Everyone (SAFE). DECCO employs a systematic approach through its Safety Management System (SMS), consisting of four key components: Safety Policy, Safety Risk Management, Safety Assurance, and Safety Promotion.

The 2023 National Safety Excellence Award winners were selected from ABC member firms that achieved Diamond, Platinum or Gold status in ABC’s STEP Safety Management System in 2023, reflective of their 2022 safety performance data. During the selection process, contractors were judged on self-evaluation scores, lost workday case rates, total recordable incident rates, leading indicator use, process and program innovations, and interviews conducted by members of ABC’s National Health and Safety Committee.

“Health and safety are core values for DECCO deeply integrated into the company’s actions and decision-making processes,” said 2024 National Chair of the ABC Board of Directors Buddy Henley, president, Henley Construction Co. Inc., Gaithersburg, Maryland. “DECCO does not compromise on safety, relentlessly ensuring every employee arrives and leaves the jobsite in the same or better condition every day. Among the NSEA winners are several ABC Top Performers, which demonstrates the positive impact of implementing strong safety programs. Join me in thanking this top safety contractor for the example they set in this industry.”

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.

ABC’s STEP Safety Management System provides contractors and suppliers with a robust, no-cost framework for measuring safety data and benchmarking with peers in the industry. The self-assessment tool helps participants identify real opportunities for scalable growth in their safety programs to lower their total recordable incident rates.

CNA, one of ABC’s strategic partners, is the presenting sponsor of the National Safety Excellence Awards.

See a complete list of winners on ABC’s website.