The City of Fountain Inn has been a SCMIT member since 2005 and has worked aggressively to reduce the frequency and severity of their workers" compensation claims. Working with SCMIT loss control staff, the city analyzed its losses using the annual report card and developed an annual safety contest for employees. Mayor Gary Long of Fountain Inn accepted the award at the Municipal Association's Annual Meeting
on July 11.
Award winners are determined based on loss experience for the current year and the prior three years. There are three population divisions with one top winner in each division. Winners receive a plaque, $2500 to purchase safety equipment and training for their municipal employees, and a recognition luncheon.
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 and other benefits.