September 27, 2017

ABC Diamond Step Award Presented to Miller-Valentine Construction

In recognition of the company’s ongoing dedication and commitment to excellence in job site safety, the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of the Carolinas have honored Miller-Valentine Construction with a Diamond Safety Training Evaluation Process (STEP) Award for 2017.

Established in 1989, STEP was developed and written by contractors for contractors to encourage and recognize exemplary safety performance and programs within the construction industry. Companies such as Miller-Valentine who receive the Diamond STEP Award, the program’s highest level of recognition, are 770% safer than the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics average.

“High standards of safety and employee training are core values at Miller-Valentine,” says Kurt Eyring, Miller-Valentine Group Vice President of the Southeast. “Our ultimate goal is to create construction sites with zero incidents. Receiving ABC’s Diamond STEP Award is a testament to the planning, hard work and commitment to safety practiced every day toward that goal by our partners, associates, subcontractors, and vendors.”

Qualifying STEP participants must demonstrate stringent guidelines for safety by presenting evidence of an advanced companywide safety program and less than the industry average on EMR (Experience Modification Rate) and Loss Ratio indicators. Awards are based on data submitted via STEP applications, essay questions and interviews with company Presidents, CEOs, and Principals about their corporate safety culture.

The ABC award presentation took place at a September 14 ceremony during the organization’s annual Safety and HR conference in Concord, North Carolina.

Photo Caption:  Miller-Valentine Construction Superintendents (left to right) Rich Stickels, Dave Hamilton, Rick Fitzgerald and Kerry Bourke received the ABC Diamond STEP Award from North Carolina Commissioner of Labor Cherie Berry, at left, and South Carolina Director of Labor Licensing and Regulation Emily Farr.