Press Release: 09.20.2017

McCarthy Earns Highest ADOSH Distinction 2017

Recognized for making safety a priority on every job and mplementing industry best practices

McCarthy Construction Workers Hold Banner Celebrating ADOSH Award

McCarthy was recently designated a “STAR Site” for its construction work on the Biodesign Institute Building C project at Arizona State University. The Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health (ADOSH) presented McCarthy with the award as part of its Construction Voluntary Protection Program (C-VPP). Companies, general contractors and job sites that are awarded the STAR designation demonstrate exemplary and comprehensive safety and health management systems. 

McCarthy’s Southwest Division is currently managing numerous projects throughout Arizona in education, healthcare, renewable energy and private-sector industries. Over the past four years, eight of McCarthy Southwest’s projects were visited by the ADOSH Consultation Department.    

“Safety is our number one priority with every job,” said McCarthy Southwest President Justin Kelton. “At the end of the day, we want our employees and construction partners to go home safely and we want our jobsites to be secure. Safety is engrained in our employee culture, so this STAR designation validates what we focus on every day.”

VPP STAR designation is the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) highest program of safety recognition across all federal OSHA and state plan state OSHA offices. It recognizes employers and workers in private and federal workplaces who have exemplified effective safety and health management systems that achieve injury and illness rates more than 50 percent below the national average.

"The McCarthy Building Companies projects were all great examples of how management and employees were involved with safety through active participation in the complete safety and health program," said Jessie Atencio, assistant director for ADOSH.

"McCarthy Building Companies has earned this distinction through their relentless effort in keeping employees safe," said Industrial Commission Chairman Dale Schultz. "Partnering with businesses to achieve the highest safety standards is a process whereby employers, employees, and the agency all win."

About McCarthy

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. is the oldest privately held national construction company in the country – with more than 150 years spent collaborating with partners to solve complex building challenges on behalf of its clients. With an unrelenting focus on safety and a comprehensive quality program that span all phases of every project, McCarthy utilizes industry-leading design phase and construction techniques combined with value-add technology to maximize outcomes. Repeatedly honored as a Best Place to Work and Healthiest Employer, McCarthy is ranked the 15th largest domestic general contractor (Engineering News-Record, May 2017). With approximately 1,800 salaried employees and offices in St. Louis, Atlanta; Collinsville, Ill.; Portage, Ind.; Kansas City, Kan.; Omaha, Neb.; Phoenix; Las Vegas; Denver; Dallas, Houston; Albuquerque; and San Diego, Newport Beach, San Francisco, San Jose and Sacramento, Calif. McCarthy is 100 percent employee owned. More information about the company is available online at or by following the company on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Google+.

About ADOSH:

Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health (ADOSH) operates under an approved plan with the U.S. Department of Labor to retain jurisdiction over occupational safety and health issues within Arizona, excluding mining operations, Indian Reservations, and federal employees. This jurisdiction encompasses approximately 2.1 million employees and 144,000 public and private establishments. For more information on ADOSH, Consultation Partnership Programs and the Industrial Commission of Arizona, please visit or call (602) 542-5795.

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