Ref-Chem, a Burns & McDonnell Company, Earns National Safety Pinnacle

HOUSTON, Texas, (April 6, 2022) — Ref-Chem, a Burns & McDonnell company, received the Pinnacle Award from Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) at its annual Excellence in Construction Awards.

The Pinnacle Award is the highest of three national safety awards ABC distributes each year at its annual awards program. Ref-Chem was one of only 16 contractors in the country to receive the Pinnacle Award.

“Our continued success in safety is demonstrated by the Pinnacle Award, an award we have won several times,” says Jeff W. Rashall, Ref-Chem president. “This once again gives us the industry recognition we have earned for being one of the safest industrial construction firms in the country. We appreciate being recognized for our commitment to seeing that our clients’ needs not only are met efficiently and effectively, but — most importantly — safely.”

The 2021 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 2021. 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 Health and Safety Committee. ABC presented the award March 16 in San Antonio, Texas.

“Creating a work culture that focuses on safety and total human health is a top priority of ABC,” says Stephanie Schmidt, 2022 National Chair of the ABC Board of Directors. “These merit shop contractors not only represent some of ABC’s top performers, but also demonstrate the difference it makes when implementing the foundations of and daily conditions for world-class safety.”

Ref-Chem is the merit shop self-perform construction arm of Burns & McDonnell. Since being acquired by Burns & McDonnell in 2018, Ref-Chem has successfully performed on projects in industries including oil and gas, renewable energy, power distribution, food and consumer products, water, and aviation.

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About Ref-Chem
Ref-Chem, a Burns & McDonnell company, is a heavy industrial construction and maintenance contractor headquartered in Houston and Odessa, Texas. Ref-Chem works with open-shop craft labor around the country in a variety of industries. Learn how we are designed to build at

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