Heather Ricard, Director of Risk Management Services, Municipal Association of SC, and Police Chief Daniel Watson, City of Darlington
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Columbia, SC "The City of Darlington was recognized by the South Carolina Municipal Insurance Trust for workplace safety in the Division II category. Division II was for cities and towns with 51 to 150 employees. The South Carolina Municipal Insurance Trust, sponsored by the Municipal Association of South Carolina, is the city's workers" compensation insurance provider.
The City of Darlington has been a SCMIT member since 1984 and has made a concerted effort over the years to manage the risks its employees face. Working with SCMIT loss control and claims staff, the city reports claims timely and makes an effort to provide modified duty for injured workers. By utilizing the SCMIT soft body armor grant, the city has shown a commitment to providing a safe work environment for employees.
Award winners were determined based on a formula that includes the number of hours employees work along with the severity and frequency of incidences on the job. There were three population divisions with one winner in each division. Winners received a plaque, $2500 to purchase safety equipment and training for their municipal employees, and a recognition luncheon. City officials were recognized at the Municipal Association's Annual Meeting on July 19.
The SCMIT program is member-owned and was established in the 1980s as a response to the lack of stable and affordable insurance coverage for SC cities and towns. In addition to insurance benefits designed specifically for municipal governments, the program offers free onsite and online training, grant funding, access to a labor hotline and other benefits.