Forrester Construction Achieves ABC National STEP Diamond


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Rockville, MD — Forrester Construction Company announced it has achieved the Diamond level in Associated Builders and ContractorsSTEP Safety Management System. Founded more than three decades ago, STEP is a proven system that provides the framework to measure, strengthen and build industry-leading safety programs that enable top-performing ABC members to achieve incident rates nearly seven times safer than the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics construction industry average.

“I am extremely proud of the safety culture our company has built and the way we enable all of our team members, from senior leaders to our summer interns, to take ownership of safety on-site.“ said John Shumar, Vice President and Head of Forrester Construction’s Safety Program. “Our award-winning safety program is proof of our company’s dedication to ensuring that every person on Forrester projects goes home safe every day.”

Forrester Construction Company implements a best-in-class, comprehensive, proactive approach that has received over 15 Diamond STEP Safety Awards and three ABC National Safety Awards. This approach includes providing all necessary resources and training, as well as clearly communicating that safety is valued above any other aspect of the work. 

STEP participants measure their safety processes and policies on key components through a detailed questionnaire with the goal of implementing or enhancing health and safety programs that reduce job site incidents. One way Forrester’s program aims to reduce job site incidents is through implementing Project-Specific Safety Programs. Key components of this program include Site Planning and Logistics, Worker Safety Orientations, Subcontractor Activity Hazard Analysis (AHA’s), Monitoring Ongoing Work for Compliance with Pre-planning Criteria, Weekly Safety “Toolbox Talks”, Tradesmen’s Safety Bonus Program to Promote Jobsite Safety, and Third-Party Mock OSHA Inspections. 

“Safety is a journey, and that journey is possible because of systems like STEP, which enables ABC member contractors like Forrester Construction Company to actively build health and safety into their culture, creating industry-leading, holistic safety programs to protect their workers and deliver for their clients,” said Greg Sizemore, ABC vice president of health, safety, environment and workforce development. “STEP measures performance on key components, strengthens and expands best practices and builds safety culture. Our people are our greatest asset, and I commend Forrester Construction Company for consistently fulfilling those commitments to raise the bar of safety performance.”

According to ABC’s annual Safety Performance Report, STEP participants, regardless of company size or type of work, can reduce recordable incidents up to 85%, making the best-performing companies 688% safer than the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics industry average. Ratings range from Diamond, the highest, to Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze and Participant.

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Established in 1988, Forrester Construction is an award-winning general contractor offering clients construction management, preconstruction, and design-build services. The company is a locally owned leader in the Washington, DC Metropolitan market with a proven record of construction excellence, client satisfaction, and efficient project delivery. To learn more about Forrester Construction, visit or follow @ForresterConstruction on social media. 


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