Merit’s safety program honored as top in the state

Merit Construction was recently awarded the State Safety Excellence Award by the Associated General Contractors of Tennessee. This year marks the third time Merit has received this honor.

The AGC safety award program is based on a commitment to safety, as shown by direct evidence of management commitment, safety training, active employee involvement, work site hazard identification and control, as well as safety program innovation.

Merit’s extensive safety training program is led by Theresa Adcock, safety director. Adcock works closely with project managers, superintendents, and subcontractors to ensure that the safety of the site and workers is continuously monitored and that the program goes above and beyond OSHA standards.

Because a safe, clean job site requires the involvement of everyone, it’s imperative that the tone be set early in the process. Before construction even begins, safety issues are discussed to create a better understanding of what is expected from everyone working on the site. Throughout the process, all construction workers are assembled for weekly safety briefings, or “Tool Box Talks,” which are directly related to the current phase of construction. Employees are also encouraged to keep safety a priority through a company-wide safety award which rewards employees for their proactive support of Merit’s safety program.

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