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Knobelsdorff Earns National Safety Award

Knobelsdorff Earns National Safety Award from Associated Builders and Contractors

Goodhue, MN, April 07 — Knobelsdorff Enterprises today announced it’s received a National Safety Merit Award from Associated Builders and Contractors, which will be presented at the 30th annual Excellence in Construction® Award during ABC Convention 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee, on Aug. 18.

“Our commitment to Jobsite safety for our teams and customers is at the forefront of every project. We take a proactive effort to ensure our people and our customers get home safe every day,” said Karl von Knobelsdorff, President and CEO of KE.

The 2019 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 2019. During the selection process, contractors were judged on self-evaluation scores, lost workday case rates, total recordable incident rates, leading indicator use, process and program innovations, and video interviews conducted by members of ABC’s National Safety and Health Committee.  

“Associated Builders and Contractors is proud to recognize Knobelsdorff Enterprises for consistently raising the standards of safety in the construction industry,” said 2020 ABC National Chair Tim Keating, owner, and president of R.C. Stevens Construction Co., Winter Garden, Florida. “Their dedication to world-class safety performance and commitment to total human health is the gold standard of the merit shop construction industry.” 

“Our present and past safety data are what sets us apart from others,” said Padriac Casey, Safety Manager for KE. He continued, “KE’s safety performance indicators are among the nation’s lowest because our people are committed to, and have a vested interest, in something bigger than themselves – safety. Our safety program acts as a barometer, measuring our short- and long-term success as a company, and the cause and effect of our behaviors across it.”  

The National Safety Excellence 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. According to ABC’s annual Safety Performance Report, the average STEP Diamond company is more than eight times safer than the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics average for the entire industry based on their total recordable incident rate.

CNA is the presenting sponsor of the National Safety Excellence Awards.

See a complete list of winners on ABC’s website.

See our previous ABC award here.


About Knobelsdorff Enterprises

Knobelsdorff Enterprises is a premier Electrical, Engineering, Automation, and Renewable Energy firm offering endless opportunities and innovative solutions to customers across North America. Ranked #126 in Inc. 5000 Series List “fastest-growing companies in the Midwest”, Knobelsdorff Enterprises has grown from 5 to 200 employees in just one decade. With 30 plus years of industry knowledge, Knobelsdorff Enterprises is a leader in the dairy, food & beverage, grain, feed, flour & fertilizer, industrial & manufacturing, mining, oil & gas, and renewable energy markets. Visit for more information.

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