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Controlling your risk by Bob Carruth

As Risk Control Manager for the NCACC, Bob Carruth manages the operation of the Risk Control Team for the Risk Management Pools. The team assists members with development of safety policies and programs and identification of liability exposures and controls. Carruth is a Certified Safety Professional and is certified as an Associate – Risk Management.  For archives of this column click here

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Oct 26

Pools honor members with excellent safety records

Posted on October 26, 2015 at 12:42 PM by Todd McGee

As in previous years, the Risk Management Pools recognized our members that recorded the best incident rates for the 2014-15 fiscal year (see charts).
There is arguably no more diverse governmental organization than that of a county. On a daily basis, thousands of county employees across North Carolina enforce laws, treat the wounded and ill, settle family disputes, inspect construction sites, operate water treatment plants, transport seniors, and operate public parks. For these employees, the risks are just as varied, and putting together a functional risk management and safety program can be a challenge. Because it is so difficult to create a “one-size-fits-all "safety program, individual employees must take on the responsibility to look out for their own safety when performing their daily work.
The safety awards recognize two areas of risk: employee and driving safety. Just counting how many claims are reported would not give a true picture, as claims that occur are directly related to the size of the employee base and the vehicle fleet, respectively.  For this reason, we calculate the frequency at which the claims occur.
For Workers' Compensation, we determine the number of claims reported per $1 million payroll. Secondly, for driver safety, we calculate the number of separate vehicle incidents for every 100 vehicles in the county fleet.
Although this gives us an accurate picture of the loss frequency throughout the pools, we also categorize the awards by size. Larger counties tend to have more complicated risks, and their programs are usually more formal. Given this, we award three counties, large, medium, and small, in both pools.
The posted charts show our safety award recipients, as well as the first and second runner-ups, for the 2014-15 membership year. Please join me in congratulating them on a job well done. We encourage you to strive to  be on the chart next year!

Liability and Property Pool

Auto Claims per 100 Vehicles

               Category             

First (# of Incidents, Frequency)

Second

Third

Large (>200 Vehicles)

Franklin

(6,2.390)

Burke

(6,2.885)

Henderson

(8,2.930)

Mid (101-200 Vehicles)

Carteret

(3, 1.546)

Cherokee

(3,2.329)

Davie

(4,2.703)

Small (<100 Vehicles)

Swain

(1,1.010)

Camden

(1,1.667)

Bertie

(2,2.740)



Workers' Compensation Pool

Number of Claims per $1 Million Payroll

Category

First (# of Incidents, Frequency)

Second

Third

Large (>$20M Payroll)

Randolph

 (43, 1.396)

Orange

 (64,1.535)

Dare

 (64, 1.804)

Mid ($10-20M)

Jackson

(15,1.104)

Lee

(18,1.124)

Currituck

(22,1.273)

Small (<$10M)

Camden

(2, 0.587)

Mitchell

(3,0.594)

Montgomery

(5,0.670)