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Public Works Loss Prevention Best Practices Guide

Cover image of Public Works Loss Prevention Best Practices GuideDate: June 2020

MCIT developed the Public Works Loss Prevention Best Practices Guide to provide members information and recommendations to help recognize and reduce hazards common to public works departments and protect public entities from liability and loss.

Each topic within the guide describes the typical safety exposures surrounding equipment and work tasks for public works departments. Best practices are then outlined to help educate employees and reduce those exposures.

Guide Addresses 2 General Areas

  • Equipment and Processes: Each of these chapters describes hazards related to the topic and then offers guidelines or best practices to help recognize and reduce those hazards. The check list can be used as a targeted safety audit.
  • Policies and Programs: Each of these chapters identifies policies and programs that should be in place as part of an overall safety program. The narratives outline the components that are required in the specific safety program, and the checkup can be used to determine quickly if all the components of the program are in place.

Toolbox Talks

Any of the topics in the Public Works Loss Prevention Best Practices Guide can be used to initiate or augment regular safety talks or “toolbox talks.” A toolbox talk is a short discussion on one safety topic that is often held at weekly staff meetings. These discussions help give priority to safety and bolster previous training.

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Below are links to PDFs of the full Public Works Loss Prevention Best Practices Guide and individual chapters from the guide. Click on the item you want to view or download the PDF. 

The information contained in this document is intended for general information purposes only and does not constitute legal or coverage advice on any specific matter.