MORRILTON, AR, February 25, 2020—TOLM Group announced it has achieved Gold in Associated Builders and Contractor’s STEP Safety Management System. Founded in 1989, STEP participation demonstrates safety leadership and a cultural commitment to safety performance.

STEP applicants measure their safety processes and policies on 25 key components through a detailed questionnaire with the goal of implementing or enhancing safety programs that reduce jobsite incidents. According to TOLM Group Health, Safety and Environmental Director Brandon Baker the TOLM Group team had no lost time or restricted duty incidents in 2020.  At the time of publication TOLM Group has completed 800 days of work without a lost time or restricted duty incident. Baker says, “This can be attributed to our supervisors’ strictly executing site specific safety plans, empowering employees to speak up if they identify unsafe behaviors or conditions, effective pre-job briefings, and increased safety training curriculum.

TOLM Group President Brian Rohlman said, “We are extremely proud of the work our team has put in to be able to achieve the ABC STEP Safety Management System Gold Level.  Safety is the most important thing we do every day and the STEP system helps drive that conversation.”

“An industry-wide commitment to total human health is essential to ensure both the physical and mental health and safety of our workforce,” said Greg Sizemore, ABC vice president of health, safety, environment and workforce development. “As a STEP participant, TOLM Group’s leadership has demonstrated a commitment to create the conditions for all to do their work without incident. By implementing proactive safety measures, such as emergency preparedness plans and a sound personal protective equipment policy, TOLM Group is committed to consistently raising the bar when it comes to safety performance.”

According to ABC’s annual Safety Performance Report, applying STEP processes dramatically improves safety performance among participants regardless of company size or type of work, and can reduce recordable incidents up to 88%, making the best performing companies 827% safer than the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics industry average. Ratings range from Diamond, the highest, to Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze and Participant.

To learn more about the STEP program, visit abcstep.org.