ABC NH/VT Hosts Safety Awards and Graduation

ABC Future Leaders in Construction Graduates, Class of 2021

Concord, NH – The Associated Builders and Contractors of NH/VT (ABC) hosted a safety awards and graduation BBQ on June 10 to celebrate the 2021 Construction Safety Awards recipients and graduates of the Future Leaders in Construction and Construction Supervision Certificate programs. The event was also attended by New Hampshire governor, Christopher T. Sununu.

“New Hampshire and Vermont are privileged to have so many contractors who infuse workplace safety on jobsites across the region,” said Josh Reap, president and CEO of ABC NH/VT. “Despite the pandemic, 2020 was one of the safest construction years on record.”

Governor Sununu addresses the crowd

Seventeen people graduated from ABC’s leadership and jobsite training programs in 2021. Individuals that go through ABC training often ascend into roles of greater leadership and responsibility within their respective companies.

Sununu shared a message of optimism for the state’s rapid economy recovery, which is leading the region. Reap thanked the governor for listening to industry and being partner to keep construction essential and workers safe during the height of the coronavirus pandemic.

“We were fortunate to continue working safely with the adoption of rigorous PPE requirements and to have a partner who listened to the industry, used data and science to develop COVID protocols. Because of that, New Hampshire construction workers could continue earning a living and meet the ongoing demand for more housing and infrastructure.”

A complete list of graduates and safety award recipients can be found at

Reap noted that program participants worked a combined total of over 2.8 million personnel hours with zero lost time. “Thousands of skilled craftworkers didn’t miss a single day on account of an injury that would prevent them from performing regular job duties,” added Reap. “Our industry is tough, but the commitment to safety is even tougher.”

“Our Future Leaders in Construction graduates gain powerful insight into personnel management, self-improvement and leadership skills useful on and off the jobsite,” added Reap. “We’re proud of each one because they are the best of the industry.”

The Future Leaders in Construction (FLiC) is an 8-month program designed for individuals interested in advancing their career in construction to develop leadership and communication skills.

The Construction Supervision Certificate program is designed and instructed by construction industry professionals and subject matter experts. Program participants learn how to better plan, organize, communicate, and monitor daily activities. Participants must complete 10 courses to complete the program.

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