No other aspect of our business is as important as the safety and well being of our team members.

SKMES takes several steps toward accident prevention:

  • SKMES employs an in-house safety director
  • Team members attend weekly safety meetings plus seminars and events, learning best practices and proper use of protective equipment
  • Supervisors receive additional training several times a year
  • Field bonuses, compensation and “safety awards” are tied to the safety record of individual projects and the company as a whole
  • Jobsites are always drug-free by virtue of pre-employment drug screening


ShoffnerKalthoff’s focus on safety is obvious:

  • SKMES has won numerous safety awards
  • Our company has been recognized in national trade publications
  • SKMES had a 2015 incident rate of 2.5 with the national average of 5.4
  • We have had no significant finding from TOSHA or any other regulatory agency
  • Our annual experience modification rating (emr) is .61
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SKMES Welder Working Safely

Our Safety Record

SKMES has an experience modification rate of .61.

Our safety program has a direct effect on your company’s mod rate. The mod rate directly affects the cost of workers’ compensation insurance. The average experience modification rate (emr) is 1.00 and simply means that a company has average workers’ compensation losses for their industry and will pay 100% of the annual premium that is set by their state. A company with a higher emr will pay a higher percentage of their annual premium; meaning that company has experienced higher than average claims. A company with a lower emr pays less than 100% and has had lower than average claims.

We have hit several milestones and received several awards for safety including:

  • One million man hours without a lost time accident in 2017
  • Over 900,000 hours working without a lost time accident.
  • One year without a lost time accident in 2010-2011.
  • Knoxville Convention Center’s “1 Million Hours Without a Lost Time Accident.”
  • 2017 Commissioner’s Award for Excellence in Workplace Safety and Health
  • 2012/2013/2015 AGC Construction Safety Excellence Award
  • 2012 Tennessee Governor’s Excellence in Safety Award
  • 2007/2008 ABC Gold Achievement Award
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In-House Training

SKMES has the ability to train all employees internally, in all aspects of safety.