Article  •  Dec 16  •  Press

Evans City site wins Governor's Award for Safety Excellence

Western Pennsylvania Companies Receive Governor's Award for Safety Excellence

Award honors employers who have achieved highest standards of workplace safety

Ascensus Team GASE Award
Ascensus team members receiving the GASE Award (L to R): Leah Boyle, Mitchell Cole, Tasin Malik, Paul Rankin, Matt Manna, Deborah Mastrostefano, Kimberly Hentschel, and Ben Stewart.

The company’s 96 employees in Evans City, Butler County, have worked more than a million hours without a lost time incident.

Harrisburg – The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) today announced the Governor’s Award for Safety Excellence has been presented virtually to ABMECH Acquisitions LLC in Allegheny County and Ascensus Specialties Callery LLC in Butler County, highlighting the importance of workplace safety committees.

“Labor & Industry is proud to recognize ABMECH Acquisitions and Ascensus Specialties Callery for their impeccable and impressive safety records,” said L&I Deputy Secretary for Compensation and Insurance Scott Weiant. “Their commitment to keeping their workers safe and injury free should serve as an example to all businesses across the commonwealth.”

All Pennsylvania employers are eligible for the Governor’s Award for Safety Excellence. Information and criteria used to determine finalists include workplace injuries/illnesses versus industry standards; and innovation and strategic development of safety policy and approaches.


Ascensus Specialties Callery LLC is a global specialties chemical manufacturer with expertise in alcoholates, borane derivatives, and other highly reactive chemistries making it a leading reagents maker that supplies pharmaceutical and specialty industrial markets. Despite these unique hazards, the company’s 96 employees in Evans City, Butler County, have worked more than a million hours without a lost time incident.

As an example of the company’s safety culture, employees from all departments are represented on their Safety Council. Any safety or health issue not resolved at the department level can be brought to the council for resolution. Additionally, the company manages a proactive Safety Points program where employees are incentivized to be involved in safety discussions, correct unsafe acts, report near misses, and make safety suggestions.

“Winning the Governor’s Award for Safety Excellence is an honor and a privilege,” said Ascensus Specialties Callery LLC’s Evans City site manager Ben Stewart. “It exemplifies the unwavering commitment our employees have in safety and environmental performance. This award illustrates each and every employees’ commitment to a safe and healthy workplace. Each of us is honored to receive this award.”

More than 12,797 state-certified workplace safety committees have been established since March 1994, protecting more than 1.5 million workers. Additionally, employers with certified workplace safety committees have saved more than $800 million in workers’ compensation premiums. These savings in insurance costs are due solely to the five percent premium discount provided to businesses that have these committees.

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