When a company is owned by its employees, they look out for one another. Just one more benefit of being a true employee owned company. Employee-owners are more concerned with doing things right the first time and the safety of the work environment, which gives us one of the best safety records in our industry.

At Garney, “Safety First” is more than just another slogan. It’s a core value and an integral part of our company’s culture. It is the foundation of our Health & Safety Program and a moral commitment to protecting the lives and safety of our employee-owners, clients, subcontractors, and the public. Led by senior management, our commitment to implement and execute sound health, safety and environmental practices is reflected in every aspect of our activities. From early planning stages through work completion, we are committed to being a safety leader in the construction industry.


Safety is measured by the Experience Modification Rate (EMR), the industry standard for calculating workers compensation premiums. It reflects the frequency and seriousness of a company’s accidents and injuries. 1.0 is the industry average and is considered reasonable. Throughout our history, Garney has consistently been far below the industry average – a remarkable safety achievement in the utility construction industry. Garney’s current EMR is 0.54.


Our goal is to promote an injury and accident free environment, and provide the safest workplace possible for everyone. Through innovative education and training programs, Garney provides our employee-owners with the tools, knowledge and resources needed to safely accomplish their work, subsequently reducing risk and controlling losses. Our clients know about our commitment to safety and continually choose Garney to provide for their specialized needs because of this shared concern.


Prior to the start of all our projects, a Job Specific Safety Analysis is prepared to address the hazards and risks of each individual project. A Pre-Job Safety Conference is held with management and key crew leaders to plan an approach to addressing these risks. We require every employee-owner to adhere to our safety guidelines and use safety equipment in the proper manner. Likewise, we insist that our subcontractors and their employees promote and follow appropriate safety procedures.




  • Six full-time Safety Managers
  • Comprehensive Health & Safety Manual
  • Toolbox safety meetings on each job site
  • Job hazard pre-planning
  • Frequent and regular safety audits
  • Safety Incentive Program
  • Drug-Free Workplace
  • Safety Seminars and Video Education
  • CPR & First Aid Certification
  • Immediately report and document all workplace hazards, job-related injuries, illnesses, accidents or near misses