Worker safety, risk management pays for Madison County

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WAMPSVILLE — The New York State Association of Counties recognized Madison County for its efforts to improve worker safety and for risk management with the Pioneer Award during the annual Public Employer Risk management Association.

“We take great pride in our members’ commitment to professionalism, safety, and risk management,” NYSAC President William E. Cherry said. “NYSAC chose Madison County as this year’s Pioneer because they exemplify these qualities.”

Madison County has a loss ratio under 30 percent and an experience factor of under 9 percent. In 2017 the county began annual safety training and physical hazard audits for the 42-member municipalities in their workers’ compensation program. The loss ratio is the difference between the ratios of premiums paid to an insurance company and the claims settled by the company.

Experience factor is anticipated losses versus actual losses.

“Leadership starts at the top, and Madison County Chairman John Becker and administrator Mark Scimone have shown a clear commitment to risk management. Madison County trains its employees consistently, and invests in safety to protect workers and reap lower losses down the line. These qualities make them the ideal winner of this year’s award,” NYSAC Executive Director Stephen J. Acquario said.

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