Price City achieves a full year without reportable mishaps
Price City employees deal with a wide variety of work across the city and when everyone is safe and goes home from a day at work uninjured, it is one day the city and its employees can be proud of. But currently Price City is seeing the days continue to pile up with no reportable accidents.
One year, to be exact.
At a Price City council meeting last week, many councilors and other city officials congratulated the work each and every city employee has contributed to the period without an accident.
John Daniels, human resources director with Price City, said the city celebrates and congratulates work teams when they have no reportable injuries or accidents over the course of a year and beyond. Not only is this good for the city in terms of insurance but for every employee who works and goes home safely, Daniels said.
The effects of workers compensation insurance and a rating the city is given can show how much of an effect safety can have. An experience modifier, a term used by insurance industry most specifically with workers' compensation insurance, is an adjustment of a manual premium based on previous loss experience. The experience modifier adjusts the workers compensation insurance premiums for a particular employer based on a comparison of past losses of that employer to what is calculated to be "average" losses of others employers in that state in the same business, adjusted for size.
Daniels said the average program has a rating of one, which based on calculations would be $100,000 in workers compensation insurance.
Five years ago the city was given a rating of 1.65, which equals $165,000 in workers compensation insurance. Currently the city has a rating of .85, the lowest Price City has ever had.
"It's a huge deal for the employees and the city," said Daniels, noting the drop in the rating. "I have never seen the rating this low before."
The rating and the days without an accident is something everyone can be proud of, Daniels said. It saves the city money, saves citizens money and shows the work ethic of every city employee in being safe each day, he said.
"It's always good to see employees go home with all of their fingers and toes," said Daniels.
There are many ways the city is working to make a streak without an accident. Before any job is started, a risk assessment is done. The Price City Safety Committee reviews incidents and looks for ways to continue promoting safe working environments now and in the future. Also the city tries to learn from incidents and mistakes in the past and work from there on promoting safety going forward, Daniels said.
Currently Price City has 132 employees which includes part-time, full-time and seasonal workers and volunteer firefighters. All of the employees are focused on doing a good job and being safe, Daniels said.
Price City was given the Charles A. Caine award in 2009, which recognizes an outstanding commitment to the overall health and workplace safety of its employees.
"We're always emphasizing on having a safe working environment," said Daniels. "Safety has come a long way over the years."
Councilman Richard Tatton has noticed the change in the way safety has been promoted by seeing the city employees while they are out working in the city.
"It's kind of fun to see all of the hard hats there are along Price City on the streets every day with their safety goggles on," said Tatton. "It's a lot different than it was 10 years ago."
Councilman Rick Davis, who serves as a member on the safety committee, said the achievement needs to be recognized and shows the hard work put in by every city employee.
"With the type of activities these folks are involved in, this needs to be recognized as an achievement," said Davis. "They (city employees) have done an excellent job to keep accidents down, keeping themselves safe and their fellow employees safe."