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Safety and regulations are never an afterthought. They're part of the plan.

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.
We are proud to have one of the best safety records in our industry. Through decades of experience, we’ve become experts at navigating the public, governmental, and environmental issues surrounding the construction of water resources. We take time to listen to and address the concerns of clients, property owners, engineers, and local residents. We work hard to minimize land disturbance and help landowners clean, reseed, and restore immediately behind our crews.
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 0.71.
We are strong self-performers. Because we build it ourselves, we have better control over the quality, schedule, and budget of the project. When you work with Garney, you get the resources of 2,000 workers as well as our own substantial fleet of equipment.
Current EMR 0.71
2022 TRIR 1.26
Total Employee Hours Worked 4,278,793 In 2022

“Garney’s commitment to safety is unwavering. From senior management to field craft, Metro has never had any issues with Garney related to safety. Metro often uses Garney as a resource in design and planning around safety from traffic control to shoring of excavations. Their Project Managers and Superintendents are extremely knowledgeable regarding safety requirements and have been a tremendous resource for Metro over the past decade.”


Assistant Director / Chief Engineer
Metro Water Services, Nashville, TN