By Greg Barlow, CIRSA Loss Control Manager
At our General Membership Meeting in Breckenridge on June 18, several members were recognized for their great loss control efforts in 2018.
The following members received a Loss Prevention award. They achieved an audit score of 100 percent or greater, and had a loss ratio below 20 percent. Additional evaluation criteria may include the member’s loss experience factor, and cooperation with loss control representatives and in the audit/survey process.
2018 – Loss Prevention Award – Property/Casualty Pool:
1. City/County of Broomfield
2. City of Centennial
3. Town of Cheyenne Wells
4. City of Creede, a Town
5. Eagle Valley Library District
6. Town of Foxfield
7. Town of Garden City
8. City of Glendale
9. City of Golden
10. Town of Haxtun
11. Holyoke Housing Authority
12. Housing Authority of the City of Brighton
13. Housing Authority of the City of Pueblo
14. Town of Ignacio
15. City of Lafayette
16. City of Northglenn
17. Town of Norwood
18. Town of Poncha Springs
19. City of Rifle
20. Town of Silver Cliff
21. Town of Walsh
22. Town of Westcliffe
23. City of Westminster
24. Town of Windsor
25. City of Yuma
2018 – Loss Prevention Award – Workers’ Compensation Pool:
1. Town of Castle Rock
2. City of Centennial
3. Town of Garden City
4. City of Golden
5. Holyoke Housing Authority
6. Town of Hot Sulphur Springs
7. Town of Ignacio
8. Town of Jamestown
9. Town of Kremmling
10. Town of Log Lane Village
11. Town of Lyons
12. Town of Mancos
13. North Front Range MPO
14. Town of Poncha Springs
15. Town of Timnath
The following members received a Safety Champion award. This award is based upon the staff’s evaluation of nominations and submissions provided by members.
1. City of Fort Morgan, Light and Power Department
During 2018, the Light & Power Department finalized the installation of 1 GB fiber-optic internet to every business and home within the city limits, affecting 11,000 users. This huge undertaking required a significant workload with many hours of overtime for the department.
This project also garnered attention from the American Public Power Association (APPA) and the City won the APPA’s annual safety award for excellence. Despite the extra burdens caused by this project, the City maintained a perfect safety record.
2. Lucas Ackerman & Oakley Ellis, Water & Sewer Operations, Town of Hot Sulphur Springs
Lucas and Oakley were thrust into a position of responsibility during 2018 with personnel changes in Hot Sulphur Springs. This change dictated that in order for the Town to continue its forward improvement, someone had to step up and voluntarily take over many aspects of their safety and health programs. Oakley and Lucas rose to the challenge/occasion.
From aggressively pursuing additional safety training, to keeping their water and wastewater plant operating efficiently, to ensuring staff and trustees were apprised of all training and safety matters, to also managing and maintaining their parks and streets, Lucas and Oakley did it all.
On top of all of these tasks, they were also instrumental in applying for grants for the Town’s Pioneer Park. As you can imagine, maintaining a high quality of safety as well as the general maintenance tasks turned into a major job. But during these long weeks and months, their momentum never faltered and their accident frequency actually decreased!
3. City of Lone Tree, Building Safety and Security Focus Group
Recognizing the increased threats against government workers and law enforcement, the City of Lone Tree developed a focus group to examine, brainstorm, and act on identified improvement measures.
The police, facilities, human resources, clerk & courts, art center, and information technology departments came together and diligently identified areas of improvement. Crime prevention through design principles was implemented, as well as active shooter training, and best practices for council meetings and court proceedings were developed.
Bullet-repellent films were installed at many locations, shelter rooms identified, and elevator access codes installed. City-wide policies were updated and training provided to all affected staff. Front end staff, meaning those who directly interact with the public, were provided additional training on safety and security.
Additional cameras were added at various facilities and other technological advancements budgeted and scheduled for implementation.
4. Lisa Kuczmarski, Human Resources Department, City of Montrose
Lisa is the HR Generalist and Safety Coordinator for the City. She arrived in Montrose a few years ago and took over a very active and successful safety program. However, as with all programs, there is always room for improvement and Lisa has not only ensured the existing programs remain successful, but she has taken the City of Montrose to new heights.
For example, she obtained ice cleats for various field departments and workers to prevent and reduce slip and fall accidents. Additionally, it was determined that their two dump trucks required regular access to their truck beds and thus Lisa coordinated an engineering review and the installation of permanently mounted ladders. Winter survival kits were developed and provided in many city vehicles. A parking lot study was completed and ultimately better lighting was provided at their dispatch facility, which in turn improved security. And lastly, an investigation determined that an above-ground fuel tank was out of compliance, unsafe, and thus required a replacement.
5. Brook Patterson, Town of Boone
As with most small towns, volunteers can make all the difference. The Town of Boone is no exception and Brook Patterson is a testament to that fact. Brook volunteers for the fire department and assists the town clerk with CIRSA Loss Control audits and surveys. She has also researched, developed and conducted multiple forms of safety training for town staff.
In fact, the only small payment Brook receives is for her work as an ADA Coordinator. As you can imagine, functioning as an ADA Coordinator in any sized entity can be a daunting task. However, Brook has researched and developed the Town’s ADA Transition Plan to include compliance links, equipment, and improvement estimates for presentation to the town council.
Lastly, since Brook has begun volunteering for the town, their audit score has risen 72 points, which is an impressive accomplishment.
Congratulations to all our 2018 winners! Keep up the great job in emphasizing safety within your entities, with your employees, and in your communities.
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