Kevin Bronson, general services administrator with the City of Rock Hill and the chair of the South Carolina Municipal Insurance Trust; Mayor David Owens, City of Pickens; Councilmember Gladys Simmons, Town of Cameron; Mayor Henry Jolly, City of Gaffney; and Bill Graham, city administrator with the City of Conway and the chair of the South Carolina Municipal Insurance and Risk Financing Fund
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The City of Pickens has been recognized by the South Carolina Municipal Insurance Trust for workplace safety in the Division II category. The South Carolina Municipal Insurance Trust is the city's workers" compensation insurance provider sponsored by the Municipal Association of South Carolina. Division II is for cities and towns with 51 to 150 employees.
The City of Pickens has been a SCMIT member since 1986 and has taken advantage of the SCMIT fire service grant and public works safety grant recently. Town employees have established accident reporting procedures. As well, they conduct regular safety training and use the free RMS online training resources. Mayor David Owens from the City of Pickens accepted the award at the Municipal Association's Annual Meeting on July 18.
Award winners are determined based on loss experience for the current year and the prior three years. There are three population divisions with one top winner in each division. Winners receive a plaque, $2500 to purchase safety equipment and training for their municipal employees, and a recognition luncheon.
The SCMIT program is member-owned and was established in the 1980s as a response to the lack of stable and affordable insurance coverage for SC cities and towns. In addition to insurance benefits designed specifically for municipal governments, the program offers free onsite and online training, grant funding and other benefits.