MEM’s Latest Grant Awards Will Change Safety Outlook for 38 Missouri Businesses

March 3, 2023 • Missouri Employers Mutual

At Richardet Floor Covering in Perryville, Missouri, the materials needed to install a job may range from several bags of concrete to several pallets. That’s a lot of lifting and potential strain for installers and many trips back and forth to the installation site. 

With the purchase of equipment funded partly by the Missouri Employers Mutual Safety Grant program, installers can move quicker and much easier with the Graco Tough Tek Pumping System. 

“We are excited about this equipment for many reasons: in time savings and potential injuries, primarily strains,” Erin Sullivan, controller at Richardet Floor Covering said. “Strains and finger cuts are our industry’s most common injury types.” 

The new equipment will allow employees to reduce the risk of strain and eliminate extra steps in the self-leveling process of floor installation, allowing workers to avoid hauling water and bags of concrete solution around the job site. Instead, they will use a hose that stretches to where the self-leveler solution (cement mix used to finish the floor) is needed. 

The business has an average of 80 employees and primarily serves commercial flooring customers. 

Richardet Floor Covering  is one of 38 businesses recently awarded safety grants from MEM. Since introducing the program in 2016, MEM has funded $2.36 million in safety grants, impacting more than 10,000 employees. 

Safety grants impact lives

All MEM policyholders are eligible for a safety grant, regardless of premium size or claims history. Successful applicants earn one-to-one matching grants from $500 up to $10,000 toward approved safety initiatives. Policyholders are required to monitor any claims data and report on the success of the safety grant so MEM can help other businesses learn from their success.   

Our mission is to bring employees home safe and sound to their families every day, and safety grants deliver on that mission,” Jim Owen, President and CEO of MEM said. “We continually make investments in our policyholders, so the cost of safety initiatives doesn’t get in the way of protecting employees on the job.” 

The safety grants program is designed to help policyholders pinpoint areas of their business where employees could be injured: 47 percent of the most recent grants involve equipment targeting strain injuries in the workplace, and 34 percent addressed slips, trips, and falls.   

Businesses selected to receive safety grants in between June-December 2022 include:   

Aspire Construction Services LLC  St. Charles  Genie GR-20 runabout lift with extension basket to prevent falls from elevation 
Astrawatt Solar 


Kansas City  Four TranzVolt solar hoists to prevent falls from elevation 
Branson R4 School District  Branson  Rotary tire changer & wheel clamp to prevent strains and sprains 
Catholic Diocese of KC/St. Joe (Catholic Cemeteries Associated)  Kansas City  GRABO PRO portable vacuum pump to prevent struck-by incidents 
City of Boonville, Parks and Recreation  Boonville  Remote-controlled lawn mower to prevent caught-under incidents 
City of North Kansas City  North Kansas City  GS-1932 slab scissor lift to prevent falls from elevation 
City of Sedalia  Sedalia  Extractors to prevent carcinogens  
City of Washington  Washington  Sonetics headset system to improve communication to prevent struck by injuries 
Diamondback Services  North Kansas City  Motive driver-facing cameras and a monthly subscription for two years to reduce motor vehicle accidents 
Electrical Contractors, Inc.   Cape Girardeau  Genie 19 scissor lift to prevent falls from heights 
Emmaus Homes  St. Charles  Hoyer lifts, a sit-to-stand mini-lift, a ceiling track lift motor, and a walker to prevent strains 
Executive Coach Builders, Inc.  Springfield  Rolling industrial and warehouse ladder with perforated tread and a new electric scissor lift to prevent falls from heights 
Friends of the Zoo, Inc. of Kansas City, Missouri  Kansas City  Railing system to prevent falls from heights 
Gateway Tree Care LLC  Fenton  Kask helmet/muffs/visor/Sena kits to improve communication to prevent struck by injuries 
Hurst Pool and Spa, Inc. (Columbia Pool and Spa)  Columbia  TX1000 wide track utility loader to prevent slips, trips, and falls     
JAY Trucking LLC  Neosho  Genie GS-1930 to prevent falls from elevation 
John Fitzgibbon Memorial Hospital Inc.  Marshall  Hoyer bariatric floor lift and scale to prevent strains 
Koonse Glass Co., Inc.  Columbia  SmartLift 608 for moving panes of glass to prevent strains 
K-Tire LLC  Hillsboro  Telescopic conveyor to prevent strains 
L & T Landscape and Tree LLC (Reliable Tree Care)  St. Louis  Compact wheel loader to prevent strains 
Lake Forest Estates Clean Water District  Ste. Genevieve  Pickup liftgate to prevent strains 
Marion County Ambulance District  Hannibal  Stryker MTS power load for patient handling to prevent strains 
Mehlville Fire Protection District  St. Louis  ROLLNRACK hose management system to prevent strains when rolling hoses 
Midwest Building Supply  Springfield  MacroAir HVLS fan for air circulation to prevent heat exposure 
Miller County Ambulance District  Eldon  Stryker power load system for patient handling to prevent strains 
MRC 1, LLC (Midwest Recycling Center)  Imperial  Self-propelled electric pallet jack to prevent strains 
Northeast Public Sewer District  Fenton  Vactor sewer cleaning truck to prevent strains 
Pacific Fire Protection District  Pacific  Extractors to prevent carcinogens  
Palmyra Fire Protection District  Palmyra  Fire hose hooks to prevent strains  
Richardet Floor Covering Co., Inc.  Perryville  Floor coating pumping system to prevent strains 
Rock Community Fire  Arnold  RescueOne transport trailer to prevent strains and sprains 
Southern Construction   Ava  Rotating boom lift to prevent falls from height   
Superior Moving Services, Inc. (Superior Moving & Storage)  Kansas City  Electric scissor lift with a chest harness to prevent falls from height 
Titan Granite LLC  Fenton  XK-S workstation crane with a 1-ton vacuum lifter to eliminate strains 
United Fruit & Produce, Inc.   St. Louis  Scissor lift to prevent falls from heights 
Western Missouri Medical Center  Warrensburg  An adjustable double basin processing sink to prevent strains 
Williams Patent Crusher & Pulverizer Company, Inc.  St. Louis  Container lifting system to prevent falls from heights 
YMCA of Hannibal  Hannibal  Spectrum Traveler aquatic lift to prevent slips and falls       
March 3, 2023
Missouri Employers Mutual
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