Safety Program

Merit’s award winning safety program is a point of pride for our entire organization. Merit has been awarded the Associated General Contractors Construction Safety Excellence Award in 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2012 & 2015 in the State of Tennessee for the outstanding results achieved by our safety program.

It is imperative that the tone is set early for a safe, clean jobsite. A safe site is crucial in order for the schedule to be maintained and to ensure the safety of all those involved in the project.

Merit will establish the tone early in the process by reviewing and qualifying all subcontractors bidding on the trade packages with regard to their past performance, financial stability, current workload as well as their safety history on past projects.

Merit’s full-time safety director, Rebecca Smith, is responsible for all aspects of safety training and monitoring of all construction site safety. The safety director makes regular unannounced jobsite visits to check that all personnel on a Merit job are working safely and safety equipment needs are in place.

Pre-construction orientation meetings are conducted for all trades on the project. Safety issues will be discussed to create a better understanding of what is expected from everyone working on the construction site. Once a week, all construction workers are assembled for a “safety briefing” which is directly related to the job’s current phase of construction. These planning sessions are led by Merit’s superintendent and include job hazard analysis and upcoming critical tasks on the construction schedule.

Merit Construction is very active with the East Tennessee Chapter of the Associated General Contractors (AGC) utilizing this source for training, safety videos and safety materials. The AGC employs a full-time safety manager available to support our project superintendents and safety manager.

Merit Construction, Inc. takes safety seriously. As one of the seven selected “core” members in the statewide AGC Self Insured Worker’s Compensation Trust, Merit has benefited from lower premiums and thus, lower cost to our Owners.

Merit’s current Experience Modification Ratio (EMR) is one of the best in the industry. OSHA 300 log & most current EMR are available upon request.

A copy of Merit’s safety program is available for your review upon request.