ABILENE, TX, JUNE 18, 2012: Lauren Engineers & Constructors (LEC) recently received the STEP Diamond Award from Associated Builders and Contractors. This highly competitive award is bestowed annually on a few select contractors who maintain an industry leading safety program, proven by best-in- class safety results.

According to ABC, the Safety Training and Evaluation Process (STEP) awards recognize member companies who employ effective safety practices on their jobsites, based on 20 key elements of contractor safety programs such as management commitment, pre-planning for safety on jobsites, safety training and resources committed to safety. The STEP process, which was developed and written by contractors for contractors, is a tool designed to objectively evaluate safety programs, policies, procedures and training.

A recent press release by ABC stated that this year the Georgia Chapter presented 17 Platinum-level awards as well as 8 Diamond-level awards, the highest STEP level achievable. Diamond-level winners must have an incidence rate at least 50% below the national Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) average in their particular NAICS code for at least three consecutive years and have an EMR (or “mod factor”) at or below 0.700 (0.800 for companies with fewer than 100 employees).

Chris Williams, Director of Safety for ABC, added that “To date, ABC National has received 1,019 applications and 67 Diamond awards have been presented.”

The award provides validation of Lauren’s place as one of the safest contractors in the industry, as evidenced by the fact that the company has logged more than 7.5 million hours since the last lost time injury.

About Lauren: Lauren provides engineering, procurement and construction services throughout a variety of heavy-industrial markets, including alternative energy, power, polymers, pulp & paper, oil and gas, refining, and metals & mining. For more information about Lauren, please visit us online at www.laurenec.com.