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SEAA unveils 2021 Safety Excellence Award and Craft Training Recognition Award winners

July 7, 2021  By Crane & Hoist Canada Staff

Cooper Steel served as both the fabricator and erector on Belmont University Performing Arts Center project. Courtesy of the Steel Erectors Association of America (SEAA).

The Steel Erectors Association of America (SEAA) has announced the winners of the 2021 Safety Excellence Award and Craft Training Recognition Award.

“These companies demonstrated a strong commitment to the safety and health of their employees,” said Bryan McClure, chair of SEAA’s Safety and Education Committee.

For both awards, World Class is issued to the highest achieving companies. Premier is the second level, followed by Gold.

“As this new awards program gains traction, we expect to see greater numbers of applications in 2022. The application process is very straightforward utilizing paperwork that companies already have on file. This is a great way to receive industry-wide recognition for your company,” said McClure.

Safety Excellence

The Safety Excellence Award goes to nine SEAA members in three categories with excellent 2020 safety records. Recipients were selected based on evaluations of their EMR ratings, OSHA 300A statistics, and safety program processes over the last three years. Scoring was based on points assigned to a multi-criteria analysis, conducted in blind review by members of SEAA’s Safety & Education Committee.

World Class

  • Cooper Steel, Shelbyville, Tenn.
  • Derr & Gruenewald Construction, Brighton, Colo.
  • FM Steel, Gilbert, Ariz.
  • High Plains Steel Services, Windsor, Colo.


  • Black Cat, Cheyenne, Wyo.
  • Gardner-Watson Decking, Oldsmar, Fla.
  • Quality Steel Services, Loveland, Colo.


  • Pro Steel Erectors, Glendale, Ariz.
  • Shelby Erector, Davie, Fla.

Craft Training Recognition

Five companies are recognized for their craft training programs. Applicants were evaluated on the portability of credentials, availability of apprenticeship programs, training, and recruitment efforts. Evaluations are made in comparison to other companies of similar size, based on the number of ironworkers employed from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2020. Note that there were not submissions by employers in all size categories for 2020.

World Class

  • Category 1: Derr & Gruenewald Construction, Brighton, Colo.
  • Categry 6: High Plains Steel Services, Windsor, Colo.


  • Category 1: Shelby Erector, Davie, Fla.
  • Category 6: Ironworkers Skills Institute, Pell City, Ala.


  • Category 3: Gardner-Watson Decking, Oldsmar, Fla.

Company size categories: Category 6 (1-30 employees); Category 5 (31-60); Category 4 (61-90); Category 3 (91-120); Category 2 (121-149); Category 1 (150+).

About Steel Erectors Association of America

Founded in 1972, SEAA is a national trade association representing the interests of steel erectors, fabricators, contractors, and related service providers. The association promotes safety, education and training programs for steel erector trades, including its Ironworker Craft Training curriculum. The association works in partnership with other steel construction, design, and steel product organizations to protect the interests of those who construct steel structures. Learn more at

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