The Town of Lamar has been recognized by the South Carolina Municipal Insurance Trust for workplace safety in the Division I category. The South Carolina Municipal Insurance Trust is the town's workers" compensation insurance provider sponsored by the Municipal Association of South Carolina. Division I is for cities and towns with less than 50 employees.
The town has been a member of SCMIT since 2012 and has not had any workers" compensation loss time claims to date since joining SCMIT. Town officials have worked to create a safe work environment for all employees.
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.