MCIT is proud to announce that the Trust once again earned the first place award for Outstanding Achievement for Intergovernmental Risk Pool Product and Program from the Public Risk Management Association. This national award was presented to MCIT for its creation of the “Public Works Loss Prevention Best Practices Guide” and “Solid Waste Management Loss Prevention Best Practices Guide.”
In 2014, MCIT won this same award for the launch of its Step Wisely slip, trip and fall prevention campaign materials (available to members at no cost from MCIT.org/step-wisely/).
Department Employees Exposed to Significant Risks
Statutorily, all Minnesota counties are responsible for providing public works and solid waste management services. As a result, each county has a significant number of employees exposed to the numerous risks involved in these operations.
In the five years 2012 through 2016, the workers’ compensation loss frequency for public works departments across MCIT membership was 18.5 percent, accounting for 23 percent of all dollars paid ($8.2 million). Public works departments consistently rank second in frequency and severity for workers’ compensation claims of MCIT member county departments. The workers’ compensation loss frequency for solid waste management operations was 3 percent with a 4 percent loss severity ($1.5 million) for the same five-year period. This department consistently ranks seventh in overall loss frequency and severity for MCIT county member departments.
Because of their legal obligations, counties cannot simply eliminate public works and solid waste management departments, so they must endeavor to control the risks as much as possible. The operations of both departments are complex and involve numerous Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards across a variety of tasks and risks. It can be difficult for one department head to research both the OSHA standards and loss control best practices on his or her own. Because of this, MCIT has done the work for its members while providing tools to assist departments in identifying and correcting safety issues, as well as training its staff about workplace safety.
Easy Access to Safety Information, Tools
The loss prevention guides provide safety information and best practices for many of the hazards and safety programs related to public works and solid waste management operations all in one, easy-to-use place.
The books are divided into two general sections. The first includes topics that target specific equipment and work processes. Each chapter in this section describes the hazards related to a topic and offers guidelines or best practices to help recognize and reduce those hazards, as well as provides a check list that a public entity can use for a targeted safety audit.
The second section contains topics that outline policies and programs that should be in place as part of an overall safety program. Many of the programs are required by OSHA. Information is provided about the required components for each specific safety program. A checkup tool that the public entity can use to determine quickly if all the components are in place is also provided.
Members can acquire additional copies of the loss prevention best practices guides from MCIT.org or their MCIT loss control consultant toll-free at 1.866.547.6516.