Stellar Wins 2021 National Safety Award from Associated Builders and Contractors

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (March 24, 2022) — Stellar, a fully integrated firm focused on design, engineering, construction, and mechanical services worldwide, received a 2021 National Safety Excellence Award from Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). Neil Ross, Vice President of Safety, accepted the award on behalf of Stellar’s Safety Team at the 32nd annual Excellence in Construction® Awards during the ABC Convention 2022 in San Antonio on March 16.

The company was recognized with a Pinnacle award, the highest of three categories, placing Stellar among a select group of ABC contractor members whose achievements in the field of construction safety are considered exceptional. Stellar most recently received a Pinnacle award in 2021.

“Safety is a core value at Stellar and that is something we proactively manage on all projects,” said Ross. “We are proud to be recognized among the safest contractors in the nation for the second year in a row.”

Despite working in high-risk categories such as roofing and welding, Stellar’s safety record is notably better than the industry average in at least two major safety benchmarks:

  • Total recordable incident rate (TRIR)

  • Experience Modification Rate (EMR)

  • Days Away Restricted Transfer Rate (DART)

Historically, Stellar’s safety rates are less than half that of other firms in the industry.

The 2021 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 in 2021. Awards are based on data submitted via the STEP applications, essay questions and video interviews with company executives about their corporate safety culture.

During the selection process, national safety winners were judged on:

  • Self-evaluation scores

  • Lost workday case rates

  • Total recordable incident rates

  • Leading indicator use

  • Process and program innovations

  • Video interviews conducted by members of ABC’s National Safety and Health Committee

“Creating a work culture that focuses on safety and total human health is a top priority of ABC,” said Stephanie Schmidt, the 2022 National Chair of the ABC Board of Directors and president of Poole Anderson Construction in State College, Pennsylvania. “Stellar not only represents some of ABC’s top performers, but also demonstrates the difference it makes when implementing the foundations of and daily conditions for world-class safety.”

The National Safety 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.

About Stellar

Stellar is a fully integrated design, engineering, construction, refrigeration and mechanical services firm that provides the industry’s most comprehensive range of self-performed services, including planning, design, pre-construction, construction, refrigeration, mechanical and utility, building envelope, and total operations and maintenance services. More than 800 Stellar employees worldwide design, build and maintain award-winning food processing plants, refrigerated warehouses, distribution centers, commercial buildings and military facilities. In addition to its Jacksonville, Florida, headquarters, Stellar operates support locations and offices throughout the United States. Stellar also serves Central and South America, Europe and India. For more information, visit

About Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC)

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a national association with 70 chapters representing 21,000 merit shop construction and construction-related firms with nearly two million employees. ABC’s membership represents all specialties within the U.S. construction industry and is comprised primarily of firms that perform work in the industrial and commercial sectors of the industry. Learn more at

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