Press Release: 08.18.2017

McCarthy Takes Home Diamond STEP Award for Safety Excellence

McCarthy team accepts Diamond STEP award for safety excellence

McCarthy was recently awarded the 2017 Diamond STEP (Safety Training and Evaluation Process) Award, by the Houston Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). The purpose of the award is to identify businesses who demonstrate commitment to jobsite safety and exhibit exemplary safety performance. Winning the Diamond STEP award automatically enters McCarthy into The ABC National Safety Excellence Award competition.

“Our quest for a zero-injury work environment isn’t just a priority. It’s a key tenet of our company,” said Wendell Rychlik, McCarthy’s Civil Division vice president, business development.  “As a company, we are 76 percent below the national average for incident rates - and we’re constantly pushing to improve safety performance. By doing this, we directly support business results for our clients while improving operational excellence.”

ABC's STEP determines merit through 20 key components of safety and is judged by the ABC National Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S) Committee. Award categories are determined by data submitted via STEP applications and are based on a company's total work hours per calendar year and placement within the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). 

To qualify for the Diamond-level award, the company must show an incidence rate of at least 50 percent below the national Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) average for their specific NAICS code and maintain it for at least three uninterrupted years. They must also have an EMR (or "mod factor") at or below 0.700 (0.800 for companies with fewer than 100 employees).

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 Houston, Dallas; St. Louis, Atlanta; Collinsville, Ill.; Portage, Ind.; Kansas City, Kan.; Omaha, Neb.; Phoenix; Las Vegas; Denver; 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+

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