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Manheim, Pennsylvania, March 11 — ABC Keystone today announced Keystone Chapter member Wickersham Construction and Engineering, Inc. (Lancaster) received a Merit Level ABC National Safety Excellence Award. The award was presented at the 31st annual Excellence in Construction® Awards during ABC’s Convention in Grapevine, Texas, on March 10.

“Merit shop contractors are leaders in the pursuit of high safety standards in construction. It is a testament to Wickersham Construction and Engineering, Inc.’s company-wide safety culture that they have been recognized nationally as a Merit award winner in ABC’s Safety Excellence Award program,” said ABC Keystone President-CEO, G. David Sload.

“These merit shop contractors are creating the conditions for craft professionals across the country to do their job well in a safe, healthy and mentally fit environment,” said 2021 ABC National Chair of the Board of Directors Steve Klessig, Vice President of Architecture and Engineering, Keller Inc., Kaukauna, Wisconsin. “A culture of both safety and total human health cannot exist without leadership choosing daily to not compromise on safety, and ABC commends these safety leaders in our industry for modeling this belief in every action.”

The 2020 National Safety Excellence Award winners were selected from ABC member firms that achieved Diamond, Platinum and Gold status in ABC’s STEP Safety Management System (STEP) in 2020. 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 video interviews conducted by members of ABC’s National Health and Safety Committee.

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.

STEP, the standard for developing world-class safety management systems in construction, is designed to help both large and small contractors evaluate every aspect of their corporate safety and health programs and identify opportunities for improvement.

CNA was the presenting sponsor of the National Safety Excellence Awards.

A full list of National Safety Excellence Award winners is available on ABC’s website.


The Keystone Chapter of Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) is a construction trade association based in Manheim, Pennsylvania, representing over 500 construction-related firms. Founded on the merit shop philosophy, ABC and its 69 chapters nation-wide help members win work and deliver that work safely, ethically, and profitably for the betterment of the communities in which they work. Visit us at