Transportation Safety Grants Save Lives and Money

August 24, 2022 • Missouri Employers Mutual

At Missouri Employers Mutual, we don’t want funding to stand in the way of saving lives at work. That’s why we created the MEM Safety Grant program. The goal of the safety grant program is to support policyholders who need safety equipment and are willing to match MEM’s investment. See how three transportation businesses used their safety grant funds to improve workplace safety.

Transportation safety grants in action  

Artur Express, Inc.  

With their safety grant funds, Artur Express, Inc. purchased five Lytx DriveCam dash cameras which help proactively detect and deter risk. The DriveCam devices provide audio and visual alerts to help prevent risky driving habits in the moment by prompting drivers to immediately correct risky behaviors, including cell phone use, general inattentiveness, eating or drinking, smoking, seat belt use, speeding, failure to stop at intersections, lane departure, and following distances.

The device mounts to a vehicle windshield and begins recording when triggered from a sudden change of motion or specific behavior. The video records the road ahead and inside the vehicle moments before and after the risky driving event, so management can see the adverse behavior and provide real-time coaching to help the driver avoid future incidents. With the implementation of the DriveCam devices, Artur Express expects to reduce incidents and accidents by 60 percent.    

Kranawetter Transport  

Kranawetter Transport used their safety grant to purchase a custom heavy duty gliding aluminum service pit cover. The cover pieces easily slide over one another, making truck maintenance accessible and less labor intensive.

The aluminum cover prevents employees from walking into the pit and eliminates the manual movement of plywood covers, ultimately reducing strains and sprains. With the new cover, employees are more efficient and truck servicing has become streamlined as employees can pull trucks over the pit and immediately begin working.  

Steadfast Transcontinent, Inc.  

With approximately 750 tires on the ground at any given time, Steadfast Transcontinent,Inc. used their safety grant funds fora Hunter TCX625 Heavy-Duty Tire Changer. The tire changer services over-the-road truck tires without the fatigue and safety risks of bars and hammers. It offers a tulip-style wheel clamp, roller demounting, safe controls, and a standard hook.

Employees are excited about the implementation because many have experienced back strain due to tire mounting and dismounting. On average, one employee spends up to 33 hours each week changing tires. Steadfast Transcontient, Inc. predicts the machine will increase productivity up to 25 percent.   

All of MEM’s policyholders are eligible for a safety grant, regardless of premium size or claims history. Successful applicants earn one-to-one matching grants up to $10,000 toward approved safety initiatives. Policyholders are required to monitor claims data and report on the success of the safety grant so MEM can help other businesses learn from their success. 

Read more safety grant success stories on our blog and visit our Safety Grants page to learn more about the program, including how to apply. 

August 24, 2022
Missouri Employers Mutual
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