MEM Surpasses $2 Million Given to Missouri Businesses for Workplace Safety Initiatives

December 6, 2021 • Missouri Employers Mutual

Missouri Employers Mutual has announced its latest cycle of safety grant recipients, bringing the total amount of safety grants awarded to policyholders to $2.1 million since 2016.

“The safety grants program is here to help policyholders reduce or eliminate employee injuries, and improve their business safety and productivity,” Jim Owen, President and CEO of MEM said. “We’re proud of the impacts this program has made over the last five years in making workplaces safer and allowing businesses to move forward with confidence.”

The 11th safety grant cycle awarded $259,000 to 38 policyholders. The program is designed to help policyholders pinpoint areas of their business where an injury could occur, or in many cases, purchase equipment related to injuries previously experienced. In this cycle, 37% of the policyholders receiving grants experienced injuries two years prior in the area that the safety grant-funded equipment to be purchased will address. The remaining 63% of grant winners received funds to address an exposure and subsequent need to increase employee safety in that area.

Program is making measurable impact in reducing injuries

Five years into the program, safety grant recipients continue to see positive results. Since implementing the safety equipment purchased with their grants, the 280 businesses have experienced only 14 claims totaling $49,000. That’s a 96% reduction in claims and a 94% reduction in claims costs.

Preventing injuries

For Village Gallery, a 2018 safety grant for the purchase of a saw stop table saw prevented a major injury to an employee at the custom cabinetry business.

“It was an incident where an operator let his guard down and wasn’t paying attention,” Carl Williams, owner of Village Gallery said. “His finger got to the blade and the saw stopped it from moving. So instead of potentially losing a finger, he received a very small nick instead.”

Williams said prior to receiving the safety grant, his business experienced a claim related to use of a table saw.

“We have been very pleased working with MEM, and we hope to revisit the safety grant program again in the future,” Williams said.

Improving efficiency

New safety grant winner Washington Metal Fabricators looks forward to the time that their new safety-grant funded equipment will save, in addition to making the process used with the equipment safer. The custom metal fabricator has been in business since 1979. With the purchase of an anvil lift, operators will be able to use the crane system and hoist fitted with suction cups to lift sheets of metal on to a table.

“The new lift will allow us to load the metal sheets with less labor and avoid getting cut from the raw material,” Marvin Rooffener, production engineer for Washington Metal Fabricators said. “It will help speed up production and help the operator be much more efficient in running parts.”

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.

The following businesses were selected to receive safety grants this cycle:

Washington Metal FabricatorsWashingtonCrane system with hoist and vacuum lifter

Arnold Masonry, LLC Sainte Genevieve Hydro mobile scaffold units
Arrow Senior Living Management, LLC Saint Charles Temperature screening terminals
Artur Express, Inc. Hazelwood Lift tables and lifting jacks
Assistance Home Care St. Louis Patient care simulation dummies
Brauer K&D Enterprises, Inc. Pacific Drone for inspecting
Callaway County Ambulance District Fulton Binder lifts and tank lifters
Christian Fellowship of Columbia Missouri, Inc. Columbia Scissor lift
City of Sikeston/Board of Municipal Utilities Sikeston Hydraulic breaker w/automatic greaser
Columbia Construction Corporation Cape Girardeau Tommy lift gates
Craftsmen Industries Saint Charles Vacuum lifting system
Deacero USA, Inc. Poplar Bluff Machine guards, e stops, lockout valves and safety interface for a collating machine, header machine, threader machine
Diocese of Jefferson City Jefferson City Safety step ladders
Emmaus Homes, Inc. Saint Charles Sit to stand lifts
Fixture Contracting Co Bridgeton Saw stops
Gateway Tree Care Fenton Mini skid steer
Heartland Presbyterian Center Parkville Floor scrubbers
Hentges Tree Service Jefferson City Heavy duty car jack, stand and lift
Isabel’s House Springfield Ionic cleaners
Korte Enterprises LLC Jefferson City Track loader
Lincoln County Ambulance District Troy Inflatable patient handling for EMS
Mask Brothers Trucking Saint Louis Scissor lift & Safety Harness
Mid America Truss Jefferson City Finish roller press
Mid Missouri Energy Malta Bend Roof platforms
Perfect Timing Transportation Springfield Collision avoidance system
Permajack of Mid-Mo LLC Mexico Trench shoring system
River-Roads Distributing Co. St. Louis Scissor lifts
Shade Tree Service Co. Fenton Personal voltage detectors
St. Clair Fire Protection District St. Clair Ballistic vests and helmet kits
St. Francois County Ambulance District Farmington Air ionization system
St. James Transports St. James Powered landing gear kits
Stewart-Morrison West Plains Dual facing drive cameras
The National Museum of Transportation St. Louis Properly guarded shaper, sander and planer
U.S. Tool Grinding Inc. Farmington Ergo chairs
Vehige Construction Co., Inc. Silex Towable boom lift
Wentzville Fire Protection District Wentzville Hose rolling rack
Willow Springs Ambulance Willow Springs Power cot w/power load
Wilson Truck Service, LLC Cadet Manlift


December 6, 2021
Missouri Employers Mutual
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