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Steel Erectors Honor Safety and Training Success

July 6, 2022 -  The Steel Erectors Association of America (SEAA) has recognized member companies with its 2022 Safety Excellence and Craft Training Excellence Awards.

“Our members are dedicated to the safety and health of their employees, and these award programs provide them with the recognition they deserve for going above and beyond in the name of safety and training,” said Bryan McClure, chairman of SEAA’s Safety and Education Committee.

For both awards, the World Class rating recognizes the highest achieving companies. The Premier rating is the second-highest level, and the Gold rating is third highest.

“Our industry is in a transition period where more and more people are showing interest in our field,” said McClure. “Good safety records, comprehensive training aligned with long-term career paths, and awards recognitions are among the criteria that prospective employees consider when deciding where to apply. Beyond the inherent value of being a safe company, it’s also a great marketing tool in a highly competitive market.”

Safety Excellence Award

The Safety Excellence Award went to eight SEAA member companies in three categories with excellent 2021 safety records.

Recipients were selected based on evaluations of their EMR ratings, OSHA 300A statistics, and safety program processes over the past three years. Scoring was based on a multi-criteria analysis  conducted in blind review by members of SEAA’s Safety & Education Committee.

World Class

Bracken Construction Company, Ridgeland, Mississippi

Derr & Gruenewald Construction LLC, Brighton, Colorado

Gardner Watson Decking, Oldsmar, Florida


Shelby Erectors, Davie, Florida

Empire Steel Erectors, Humble, Texas


Black Cat LLC, Cheyenne, Wyoming

L.R. Willson & Sons, Gambrills, Maryland

FM Steel Construction, Gilbert, Arizona

Craft Training Excellence Award

Two companies were recognized for excellence in craft training.

Applicants were evaluated on the portability of credentials, availability of apprenticeship programs, training, and recruitment.

Evaluations for the Craft Training Excellence award compare applicants to other companies of similar size, based on the number of ironworkers employed from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2021. This year, some company-size categories had no applicants.

“This year, we have re-allocated craft training grants to be awarded to the World Class Craft Training winners. Each company receives $2,250 to use for implementation of future training projects,” said Pete Gum, SEAA’s executive director. “These companies have shown their commitment to training and we want to help them to continue these efforts.”

World Class

Category 1 (121 or more employees)

Derr & Gruenewald Construction LLC, Brighton, Colorado

Category 2 (60-120 employees)

Shelby Erectors, Davie, Florida



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