MCIT Bulletin

Newsletter Keeps Members Up to Date

The MCIT Bulletin is published nine times a year. It covers issues important to MCIT members, such as program developments, legislative and case law changes, risk management and loss control advice, training opportunities and more.

Bulletin, September/October 2020

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September/October 2020 Bulletin articles:

MCIT News

The mature, 50-years-old Caucasian long-haired man working in the office attending a webinar. Week of Virtual Risk Management Workshops Coming in October: This year MCIT has deemed the week of Oct. 19 as Risk Management Week, and staff will present six virtual workshops at no cost for members that cover key areas of concern. The virtual sessions are informative and engaging while providing practical tips members can apply to the workplace immediately.   Read more …

Services and Products News

Cover of Safety Culture handbook shows team safety committee meeting with middle-aged man in foreground looking out with SDS book in front of him Build Positive Safety Culture to Increase Safety, Reduce Costs: A safety culture can have a significant impact on the operations of an organization, either positive or negative, depending on the shared values, practices and attitudes about safety. A positive safety culture places a high level of importance on safety. Building a positive safety culture takes time. MCIT has developed the handbook “Safety Culture: Techniques for Building Positive Organizational Change,” which will be available later in September. Read more …
Cover and interior pages of Risk Management Essentials for Motor Vehicles guide shows pictures of various vehicles New Guide Helps Reduce Risks of Vehicle Operations: Ensuring the safe and effective operation of vehicles is essential to a member’s ability to continue to serve the public and protect employees. It is incumbent upon MCIT members to focus on strategies to reduce the risks related to the operation of their vehicles. To assist members with this, MCIT has created the guide “Essentials of Risk Management for Motor Vehicles.” It is provided at no cost to members and will be available to download later this month. Read more …
Deputy sheriff stands in front of motor vehicle accident EAP Supports Law Enforcement’s Unique Circumstances: Working in law enforcement often results in having to deal with personal and emotionally challenging situations. These can also have an equally significant effect on an employee’s family. The Law Enforcement Employee Assistance Program (EAP) network includes counselors with law enforcement service backgrounds who understand the unique circumstances of working in public safety, jails and dispatch. Read more …

Tips to Manage, Reduce Risks

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Minnesota Supreme Court: Decision Signals Change in Way Courts May View Harassment Claims: In early June 2020 the Minnesota Supreme Court issued its long-awaited opinion in Kennah v. Homeword Bound, affirming “the severe-or-pervasive standard” for analyzing a claim for sexual harassment under the Minnesota Human Rights Act, but also ruling that the employee presented sufficient evidence for a reasonable jury to decide if the behavior was sufficiently severe or pervasive to constitute an intimidating, hostile or offensive employment environment.  Read more …
Man works on laying tile in a building remodel project Builder’s Risk: Coverage for Property Construction Projects:When a building project is planned, members must determine how to properly insure the project from losses due to fire, theft, windstorm and other perils that could cause a major loss. This article addresses some of the most frequently asked questions relating to this issue and builder’s risk coverage. Read more …
Man is on ground in pain while a co-worker phones for help Members Must Report Severe Workplace Injuries to MNOSHA, DLI, Not Just MCIT: When an employee sustains a work-related injury, the employer (MCIT member) must submit a workers’ compensation claim to MCIT as soon as possible. In addition, the member must notify the Minnesota Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MNOSHA) and/or the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) for severe injuries and fatalities. Read more …

Safety Culture Corner: Create a Safety Campaign to Target Injuries: Several years ago, the Steele County Safety Committee realized the number of slip, trip and fall incidents were climbing, most notably, slips on ice. The committee sprang into action and committed to a campaign of employee awareness. At each monthly meeting, the members brainstormed and discussed ideas they could put into operation. Read more …