LWMMI Insureds Encouraged to Apply for Matching Safety Grant

As the workers’ compensation administrator for the League of Wisconsin Municipal Mutual Insurance (LWMMI), United Heartland Loss Control wants to remind municipalities about the availability of a one-time 75% matching safety grant available through LWMMI for a safety equipment purchase. The goal of this grant is to aid municipalities in purchasing equipment that could help to prevent employee injuries and reduce losses, thus lowering your experience modification factor.

All LWMMI insureds who purchased workers’ compensation insurance as of May 31, 2017, are eligible and many municipalities have already taken advantage of the grant, so don’t miss out! If your safety equipment dollars have already been allocated for 2017, administrators should work with department heads to review potential safety equipment requests and budget money for 2018 purchases.

You can access the grant application at http://lwmmi.org/safety-equipment-application/. You can contact Sandy Hagen about the process at Sandra@lwmmi.org or 608-833-9595 and contact Clark MacAlpine, UH Loss Control Technical Advisor, about safety equipment at Clark.MacAlpine@UnitedHeartland.com or 262-787-7406.

Below are a few frequently asked questions regarding the grant. For more information, including suggested equipment purchases, refer to the grant program guidelines.

How is the amount of the LWMMI grant determined?

Insureds will receive 75% of the cost of eligible equipment up to 2% of the workers’ compensation premium listed on the 2016 policy. At minimum, insureds will receive $500.

What equipment is ineligible for the grant? What is eligible?

Ineligible equipment includes anything that you are required to supply by OSHA, including safety glasses, steel-toed shoes, hard hats, work zone vests and gloves. Additionally, the grant does not cover training classes and videos, equipment budgeted on a regular basis, and supplies such as first aid kits. Otherwise, the grant has fairly broad guidelines.

What is the grant eligibility window?

The grant only covers purchases of new equipment made between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018. Deadline to apply is June 30, 2018.

7 Threats Facing Municipal Workers

When considering what equipment to purchase with the LWMMI grant, municipalities should keep in mind the varied types of roles their employees fill, which range from fire and police officers to construction and utility workers. Here are seven recent incidents where individuals were killed or nearly killed in the line of duty and resources that can help your municipality protect against such risks in the future.

Opioid exposure

A Wisconsin police officer nearly died from exposure to Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid which is 50 times stronger than heroin, that is becoming increasing present due to the growing opioid crisis. A news release from the Drug Enforcement Agency highlights the dangers and precautions that should be taken when handling.

Firefighter fatality

A firefighter died from injuries after being struck in the head by a hose. The CDC and National Fire Protection Association provide statistics on firefighter injuries and fatalities and how to prevent them.

Fumes kill utility workers

Three utility workers died in Florida after being overwhelmed by lethal levels of hydrogen sulfide and carbon monoxide in a drainage hole. OSHA has information about the risks of asphyxiation in manholes and the dangers of working in confined spaces.

Worker killed in trench collapse

A city of Chicago bricklayer died after the trench he was working on caved in. OSHA has a publication and fact sheet on trenching and excavation safety.

Worker killed while trimming tree

Just weeks from retirement, a city of Atlanta worker was killed after a tree limb fell on him and knocked him from the cherry picker he was using. OSHA has a reference card and web page on tree trimming safety.

Construction workers killed in work zone

Two Indiana Department of Transportation workers were struck and killed by a driver in a work zone. These two websites offer work zone safety tips and resources.

Worker dies from fall from boom truck

A subcontractor in San Jose, Calif., died after falling from a boom truck while replacing streetlights. OSHA provides workers both a publication and webpage on the importance of fall protection.