Construction firm wins national safety award


Grand Rapids-based CD Barnes Construction, founded in 1954, offers general contracting, construction management and design-build services. Photo via

A local construction firm has won a national safety award from a trade association.

Grand Rapids-based CD Barnes Construction said that it will receive a Diamond Safety Training and Evaluation Process, or STEP, Award from the National Environment, Health & Safety Committee of the Associated Builders and Contractors on Aug. 23.

The STEP program was established in 1989 to help contractors develop and analyze safety programs.

The award is based on 20 components, as well as meeting OHSA requirements and other standards metrics for three years.

“Over the past few years, I have invested an incredible amount of time and resources into the continuous improvement of our safety program by implementing new policies and procedures,” said Ellen Frey, safety director, CD Barnes Construction. “Our entire team is ecstatic to be recognized by ABC.”

In the past 16 years, CD Barnes Construction has been awarded 12 platinum and three gold STEP Awards, as well as two National Safety Excellence Awards.

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