Austin, TX – Texas Mutual Insurance Company, the state’s leading provider of workers’ compensation insurance, has awarded over $2 million in safety grants to policyholders. The safety grant program opened in July and eligible policyholders were invited to apply on a first-come, first-served basis.
“Over the last eight years we have awarded more than $9 million in safety grants to our policyholders to help build stronger, safer communities,” said Eric Bourquin, vice president of safety services at Texas Mutual. “We are grateful for our policyholders who continue to share in our mission and protect their employees through the use of safety equipment and continued training.”
Safety grant applicants were asked to provide company information and detail what types of equipment they planned to purchase and how it would improve safety and health conditions in their workplace. Applications were reviewed by a grant committee of safety professionals who ensured that applicants were asking for approved equipment which aligned with their business operations.
The overwhelming majority of items requested were in the personal protective equipment category of clothing, shoes and hats. Specific items include steel toed boots, high visibility clothing, cooling vests and hard hats. Respiratory protection and first response equipment, including first-aid kits and AEDs, were the second and third most requested categories.
After an extensive review process, 1,343 policyholders were approved for a $1,500 grant to be used toward the purchase of approved safety equipment listed in their application. Safety grants are an exclusive opportunity for Texas Mutual policyholders and since 2016, Texas Mutual has awarded over $9.9 million in safety grants to more than 6,600 businesses.
Source: Texas Mutual