Rebecca Phillips joined the Merit team June 27, 2016 as the full-time Safety Director. Rebecca brings to our Merit team over 20+ years of experience from providing leadership and management as a supervisor within the building materials industry to driving EHS excellence within both the general and construction industry. Her dedicated efforts to develop strategies to increase safety awareness ultimately increases Merit’s goal of sustained efforts towards a drive to zero in injuries.
Rebecca takes occupational safety and health compliance to the ultimate level. Working closely with Project Managers and Superintendents, Rebecca provides guidance and leadership to ensure the safety of Merit employees, subcontractors, and visitors that may be present during construction activities. She strives to help Merit employees and subcontractors better understand state and federal regulatory requirements and how to comply. As an authorized OSHA outreach trainer, within both general and construction industries, she develops easy to follow and understand training initiatives.
Rebecca’s experience in the construction field goes beyond the limits of simple site inspections to safety oversite for large scale projects in which an outstanding record of 33 million man hours without a lost time injury. This was achieved by the working contracting groups at TVA-Watts Bar-unit 2 Nuclear Facility. Rebecca encouraged safety compliance and training initiatives for both units at TVA-Watts Bar. She participated in development programs and provided training for behavior based safety programs at Huber Engineered Woods, LLC, TVA Watts Bar Tri-lateral Safety Alliance, and TVA unit 2 Craft Survey Team.
Rebecca brings strong safety initiatives to the employees by providing training in the field with hands on knowledge and understanding of the state and federal regulations. Occupational safety and health is an important part of maintaining a workplace free of risk and hazards. She will set the tone by making regular unannounced visits to all Merit Construction jobsites ensuring risk hazards are mitigated and safety remains Merit’s “Value and #1 Priority.”
Merit takes safety seriously as one of the seven selected “Core” members in the statewide AGC Self-Insured Worker’s Compensation Trust. Our motto is, “it is imperative that the tone is set early for a safe, clean job site.” 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. Seeing is believing. Merit’s award winning safety program is continually growing and evolving as the recipient of the Associated General Contractors Construction Safety and Excellence Award in 2003,2005,2007,2009, 2012, and 2015.