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0.52 EMR

Sargent has an EMR of 0.52 (as of 1/1/2023) thanks to the dedication and daily safety efforts of our employee-owners. EMR (experience modification rating) is a metric used to set workers’ compensation insurance rates. A score of < 1.0 indicates high safety standards and results. While this metric doesn’t tell the entire story of our safety program, it’s a strong indicator of how safely our people perform.

Experience Modification Rate (EMR) explained
Kevin Gordon Guiding And Working Together With Other Sargent's Crew On Safety Inspection

Safety Approach

New Hire Training
New Hire Training
Continuing Training
7 to 1 Initiative
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New Hire Training

Safety starts on day one with training, regardless of prior experience.

Every new Sargent team member goes through a safety orientation program before they head to work. Upon completion of orientation, our site supervisors train everyone in the field on the specific tasks they will perform in a real-world setting.

Training isn't a one-time conversation at Sargent. We offer training for any new tasks our employee-owners encounter to ensure they know all the hazards and best practices surrounding every job.

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Sargent superintendents, foremen, equipment operators, and safety committee members perform daily safety inspections while our safety team performs comprehensive weekly inspections.

Our teams address potential hazards or safety issues immediately. To teach the entire company, we share safety incidents company-wide to prevent the same issues from occurring twice on any of our job sites.

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Continuing Training

Safety isn’t a one-time discussion. Technology, equipment, and methods are ever-changing. At Sargent, we do everything possible to train and continuously improve our safety methods.

There’s always more to learn, and by offering continuous training, we’re able to show our employee-owners the importance of safety.

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7 to 1 Initiative

Sargent’s 7:1 Initiative is based on the ratio of safety professionals to total team members at Sargent. While we currently have a ratio of 10:1, our goal is to decrease that ratio to 7:1 by having all of our foremen become trained safety professionals—those willing to stand up and say something when a hazard exists.

Zero-Accidents Program
Our zero-accidents program is a major part of our safety efforts. This initiative helps promote a culture of safety and reminds all Sargent employee-owners of this goal every day.

Safety Team

Safety is the common denominator of every activity we perform.

At Sargent, we believe that no amount of productivity is worth putting our employee-owners at risk. We prefer managing unsafe conditions and behaviors than managing incidents, which allows us to manage more opportunities.

Safety Director: Cameron Haggar

Cameron is our safety director. Before joining the Sargent family, he worked in various safety roles for companies throughout the Midwest and New England. Cameron enjoys building relationships with employees at every level of our company, and he says that developing trust with each team member is one of the keys to promoting a safe environment. When he’s not working, you can find Cameron enjoying the outdoors.

Safety Specialist: Arthur Herbest

Arthur has more than 20 years in the safety field. He started his safety career with Champion International at the Costigan mill. This is his third tour with Sargent. Arthur retired with 23 years of military service from the United States Marine Corps and Maine Army National Guard. He has been married to his wife Julie since 1988.

Safety Specialist: Adam Hinsman

Adam earned a bachelor’s degree in occupational safety and health through Keene State College. He worked in residential construction doing exterior finish work before getting an internship with a manufacturing company in Amesbury, MA. He works with crews and subcontractors to maintain safety compliance throughout the Sargent Projects. Identifying and mitigating safety hazards and making sure all employees are trained and competent in the work that they are performing is his top priority.

Safety Specialist: Adam Pollock

Adam has a degree in Environmental Science from the Community College of the Air Force. He spent seven years being part of a civil engineering squadron in the Air Force where he served as safety NCO. His squadron worked on roads and runways, installed underground utilities, built and maintained base infrastructure, and completed large construction projects overseas where they would build entire forward operating bases from the ground up. At Sargent, he believes it’s important to conduct inspections to help identify any hazards and help find ways to mitigate them, while providing training to give up-to-date information on safety practices and procedures.