Heather Ricard, Director of Risk Management Services, Municipal Association of SC, and Mayor James Harris, Town of Richburg
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Columbia, SC "The Town of Richburg was recognized by the South Carolina Municipal Insurance Trust for workplace safety in the Division I category. Division I was for cities and towns with less than 50 employees. The South Carolina Municipal Insurance Trust, sponsored by the Municipal Association of South Carolina, is the town's workers" compensation insurance provider.
The town has been a member of SCMIT since 2010 and has not had any workers" compensation losses to date. Although many small towns don't have the staff available to participate in formal safety training programs, Richburg has taken advantage of SCMIT training opportunities such as the annual risk management members meeting and loss control training workshops.
Award winners were determined based on a formula that includes the number of hours employees work along with the severity and frequency of incidences on the job. There were three population divisions with one winner in each division. Winners received a plaque, $2500 to purchase safety equipment and training for their municipal employees, and a recognition luncheon. Town officials were recognized at the Municipal Association's Annual Meeting on July 19.
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, access to a labor hotline and other benefits.