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SEAA Members Show Commitment to Ironworker Safety and Training

The Steel Erectors Association of America (SEAA) announces the recipients of the 2021 Safety Excellence Award and Craft Training Recognition Award. “These companies demonstrated a strong commitment to the safety and health of their employees,” said Bryan McClure, Chairman of SEAA’s Safety and Education Committee.

For both awards, World Class is issued to the highest achieving companies. Premier is the second level, followed by Gold.

“As this new awards program gains traction, we expect to see greater numbers of applications in 2022. The application process is very straightforward utilizing paperwork that companies already have on file. This is a great way to receive industry-wide recognition for your company,” said McClure.

Safety Excellence

The Safety Excellence Award goes to nine SEAA members in three categories with excellent 2020 safety records. Recipients were selected based on evaluations of their EMR ratings, OSHA 300A statistics, and safety program processes over the last three years. Scoring was based on points assigned to a multi-criteria analysis, conducted in blind review by members of SEAA’s Safety & Education Committee.

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Cooper Steel, Shelbyville, Tenn.

Derr & Gruenewald Construction LLC, Brighton, Colo.

FM Steel LLC, Gilbert, Ariz.

High Plains Steel Services, Windsor, Colo.

Black Cat LLC, Cheyenne, Wyo.

Gardner-Watson Decking, Oldsmar, Fla.

Quality Steel Services, Loveland, Colo.

Pro Steel Erectors, Glendale, Ariz.

Shelby Erectors, Davie, Fla.

Craft Training Recognition

Five companies are recognized for their craft training programs. Applicants were evaluated on the portability of credentials, availability of apprenticeship programs, training, and recruitment efforts. Evaluations are made in comparison to other companies of similar size, based on the number of ironworkers employed from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2020. Note that there were not submissions by employers in all size categories for 2020.

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Category 1: Derr & Gruenewald Construction LLC, Brighton, Colo.

Category 6: High Plains Steel Services LLC, Windsor, Colo.

Category 1: Shelby Erectors, Davie, Fla.

Category 6: Ironworker Skills Institute, Pell City, Ala.

Category 3: Gardner-Watson Decking, Oldsmar, Fla.

Company Size Categories

Category 6=1-30 employees

Category 5=31-60 employees

Category 4=61-90 employees

Category 3=91-120 employees

Category 2=121-149 employees

Category 1=150+ employees