New Measures to Address COVID-19 Included in Cycle 9 Safety Grants Awards

December 3, 2020 • Missouri Employers Mutual

In November, MEM announced its ninth cycle of safety grant recipients and awarded a total of $209,600 to 33 policyholders in Missouri for the implementation of new safety equipment to promote safer workplaces. This brings the total amount of safety grants awarded to nearly $1.75 million since 2016, affecting more than 7,000 employees. In addition to routine safety interventions and products, this cycle MEM offered policyholders the opportunity to apply for grants for COVID-19 safety measures.

“COVID-19 has brought unprecedented safety challenges to businesses,” said Jim Owen, President and CEO of MEM. “Our safety grant program supported businesses in quickly getting the equipment they needed to keep their employees safe and healthy.”

Eight of 33 grant award winners received funds for COVID-19 related items.

Keeping essential workplaces safe and clean

MEM’s safety grant reimbursed Mid-America Transplant for the purchase of an electrostatic disinfectant sprayer, foot door pulls and other safety measures. This allowed them to continue their work of providing organ and tissue donations to a service area of more than 84 counties covering eastern Missouri, southern Illinois and northeast Arkansas.

‘We’re a 24-hour business because of the nature of our work,” said Scott Gardner, safety and security coordinator at Mid-America Transplant. “When the pandemic hit, it was very difficult to even find a cleaning service that would be available for the disinfection work we needed in our office, so we purchased our own equipment.”

Cleaner air in close quarters

At Warren County Emergency Communications Center, social distancing on the job is not possible. Four to six dispatchers are stationed together in one room for 12-hour shifts.

The 22-person staff serves two ambulance districts, three fire districts, three police departments and the sheriff’s office. MEM’s safety grant program will allow them to purchase an air purifier system to improve the quality of their HVAC system.

“Everyone here was so excited to learn we received the grant,” said Megan Ramey administrative assistant with Warren County. “We are hoping the air purifier will help keep us well, and we are really grateful.”

Warren County Emergency Communications Center
Dispatchers from the Warren County Emergency Communications Center will benefit from MEM’s Cycle 9 Safety Grants. Working in close quarters, they will use the grant funds to purchase an air purifier to improve the quality of their HVAC system.

Cycle 9 Safety Grant winners

The MEM Safety Grants program partners with policyholders to identify a safety need or improvement that can reduce or eliminate illnesses or injury in the workplace.

In 2021, MEM will celebrate five years of the safety grants program, and past recipients are seeing positive results. In the two years prior to receiving their grants, 226 recipients experienced 254 claims totaling nearly $5 million. Since implementing the safety equipment purchased with their grants, recipients have only experienced only 12 claims totaling less than $50,000 in the areas addressed by their grant-funded equipment.

The following businesses were selected to receive safety grants in MEM’s ninth cycle:

Arrowhead Building Supply Inc. Saint Peters Dash camera will identify risky driving behaviors so that coaching can be used to eliminate the risk
Barton County Ambulance District Lamar Body armor to protect employees from potentially violent encounters
The Braun Home Fayette Articulating Boom Lift to reduce fall hazard
Columbia Construction Corp. Cape Girardeau Hanging wall scaffold will reduce the fall hazard to employees that are performing construction
Community Living, Inc. Saint Peters Sneeze guard to reduce the potential transmission of COVID-19 to employees
Cottleville Community Fire Protection St. Charles Automated rolling of firehose, reducing repetitive motion risk and back injury
Fenton Fire Protection District Fenton Patient lifting devices used by first responders to move patients safely
Friends of Arrow Rock, Inc. Arrow Rock Sneeze guards, wipe/sanitizer dispensers, and fogger system to reduce the potential transmission of COVID-19 to employees
Gaumats International Grain Valley Countertop installation system that reduces back strains/sprains
Jasid Construction Company Inc. Valley Park Reduces fall risk to employees while working at elevation
Jim Gibson Trucking LLC Dexter Automatic tarping system to be used by drivers to reduce the incidence of falls and sprains/strains
John Fitzgibbon Memorial Hospital Marshall UV disinfecting lamp used to disinfect rooms and reduce exposure to COVID-19
Kingsville Livestock Kingsville Automatic system to disperse bales to feed cattle.
Laclede Chain St. Louis Electric Scissor Lift eliminates use of scaffolds and ladders
Lehenbauer Farms Hannibal Hydraulic squeeze chute used to hold the animal in place so that care and inspection can occur
Mathias Precision Landscaping, INC Saint Peters Arborist helmet with built-in radio system allowing free communication between the work crew
Mid-America Precast Fulton Cut off saws and rebar tie guns to reduce strains and repetitive motion injuries
Mid America Transplant St. Louis Sneeze guards, thermometer, disinfectant sprayer to reduce the potential transmission of COVID-19 to employees
S. McDonald Inc. Wentzville

Drone with remote controller and camera eliminates need for employees to be exposed to fall injuries


Nixa Public Schools Nixa UV cart and disinfectant fogger to reduce the potential transmission of COVID-19 to employees
Oronogo Fire Protection District Oronogo Tools used by first responders to stabilize motor vehicle accidents and extricate patients.
Osage Ambulance District Linn Stair chair used by first responders to safely move a patient down stairs while reducing potential for back injury
Ozark Fire Protection District Ozark Swift water rescue equipment and training.
Rev Noel T Adams Memorial Ambulance District Bethany Power Load System to reduce back injury risk when handling patients
Randal Klocke Palmyra Permanent stairs affixed to a grain bin to reduce the need for ladders
Schiermeier Quarry Washington Bucket truck that will reduce fall hazards.
St. Francois County Ambulance District Farmington UV disinfecting lamp used to disinfect rooms and reduce exposure to COVID-19
The National Museum of Transportation St. Louis Articulating Boom Lift to reduce fall hazard
UCP Heartland St. Louis Manual floor lift scale
Vance Brothers, Inc. Kansas City Portable tank truck access system
Warren County 911 Emergency Services Warrenton Air Purifier to reduce exposure to COVID-19
Wentzville Fire Protection District Wentzville UV disinfecting lamp used to disinfect rooms and reduce exposure to COVID-19
Williams Patent Crusher St. Louis Electric Scissor Lift eliminates use of scaffolds and ladders

Learn more about MEM’s Safety Grants Program and how to apply.

December 3, 2020
Missouri Employers Mutual
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