BOONE, Iowa—Work by the Boone County Safety Committee, and efforts by Boone County employees have once again led to recognition by the Iowa Municipalities Workers Compensation Association. IMWCA provides insurance coverage for workers compensation insurance. Gordon Quam is the local agent for the program. Representatives of the IMWCA met with the Supervisors this week, to once again recognize Boone County for meeting “Best Practices” efforts. IMWCA actually has coverage for more than 500-entities and each year only about a dozen receive the “Best Practices” recognition. For Boone County, this year marked the fourth consecutive year that the Safety Committee and employees were able to maintain a level of training, education and incorporate safety measures to qualify for the recognition.
Jeff Hovey, Director of Risk Services for IMWCA, said Boone County qualified again because they continued their proactive injury prevention efforts. He said receiving the recognition the first year is easier to do, but maintaining the level of improvement for a fourth consecutive year requires a sustained effort by many people. He noted that by meeting “Best Practices” the County reaps a number of premium discounts and with a declining experience modification factor, premium costs are reduced substantially. Without discounts, he estimated the Boone County premium would be about $259,000. Due to the efforts to prevent injuries, the cost this year is actually about $115,000.
Boone County received a check in recognition of their efforts. Safety Committee Chair Scott Smith said the proceeds would be used to purchase software that would make the county’s materials records more accessible for employees so they could be better educated about potential hazards.