Week end thoughts, The Police and Risk Management

Have more hot greenbelt action coming Sunday, so BOLO that – as the police say. Not those The Police …

… speaking of SOS, fewer people working for the city are doing that, which drives down costs for insurance for the city – and eventually, tax money (or it frees cash for purposes, depending on your take).

From the city:

Knoxville’s Risk Management Division has been named winner of a prestigious national award by Risk & Insurance Magazine, for its efforts to reduce worker’s compensation costs while also improving workplace safety for City employees. Knoxville has received the 2012 Theodore Roosevelt Workers’ Compensation and Disability Management Award for the nonprofit sector.

Also known as the Teddy Awards, the honors are given each year to one company and one nonprofit organization for their efforts to reduce the number and cost of injuries to workers.

“We are thrilled to receive this recognition, which reflects the real progress we have made in reducing worker’s compensation claims,” said Gary Eastes, the City’s Risk and Benefits Manager. “We have cut our annual costs $5.92 million in 2002 to $1.29 million in 2011, and we have done it by helping employees to be safer on the job.”

We wrote about this not too long ago.

Spoke with Eastes today on how it happened:

That comes with management, taking employee safety seriously and the employees’ impact upon their own safety, more seriously.

… When you first start talking about safety employees tend to see it as infringing upon them somewhat. It is something that we continue to emphasize, and employees have bought into it too.

We could go on from here about the nature of people to not change en masse, or the difficulty that folks have with getting themselves to fall in line with what is actually a good idea – safety. But that’s the stuff for people in public health and risk management to figure out. Folks like Eastes, who humbly distribute credit:

It reflects, not just on our office, but it reflects on the administration and just how much more seriously it the administration takes employees safety, and the administration of each individual department.

OK, I’ve been listening to The Police during this blog post writing, so here’s more:

BOLO means “Be on the lookout,” not unlike an APB.


About Gerald

A journalist in Knoxville, TN. Work (mostly) inside and play (mostly) outside. I'm a part of the X or the Y generation. None of us claim the other.
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