For a second time, Associated General Contractors (AGC) awarded Independence Excavating its National AGC Safety Excellence Award – First Place in the Federal and Heavy Division for 700,000 to 1,000,000 hours worked. Independence Excavating received this award based upon its exceptional safety performance, well-implemented safety program and an incident rate at least 25 percent below that of their AGC member peers.
Independence Excavating’s Safety Director Tom Steblinski cites the firm’s personalized safety approach as the basis for this award, as well as the absence of reportable injuries on major projects including the Cleveland Convention Center demolition and site package and the Ford Brook Park engine plant demolition. Independence Excavating remains one of the few Ohio construction firms of its size that is approved by the State of Ohio to self-insure workers’ compensation.
The firm was awarded self-insured status in 2005 because of its strong financial standing and excellent safety record. With offices in Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Chantilly, Virginia, Independence Excavating is an industry leader in challenging site development, heavy industrial applications, demolition, environmental solutions, concrete construction, aggregate crushing and one of the Midwest’s premier and diversified construction companies. Founded in 1956 by the DiGeronimo family, Independence Excavating has earned a solid reputation for honesty, integrity and outstanding performance.