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CopperPoint Mutual Insurance Company
Phone: (602) 631-2000
Address: 3030 North Third Street
Phoenix, AZ   85012
Website: www.copperpoint.com

State Compensation Insurance Fund
Phone: 888-STATEFUNDCA
Address: 333 Bush Street
Suite 800
San Francisco, CA   94104
Website: www.statefundca.com

Pinnacol Assurance
Phone: (303) 361-4000
Address: 7501 East Lowry Boulevard
Suite 800
Denver, CO   80230-7006
Website: www.pinnacol.com

Hawaii Employers' Mutual Insurance Co. Inc.
Phone: (808) 524-3642
Address: 1100 Alakea Street
Suite 1400
Honolulu, HI   96813
Website: www.hemic.com

Idaho State Insurance Fund
Phone: (208) 332-2100
Address: 1215 West State Street
P.O. Box 83720
Boise, ID   83720-0044
Website: www.idahosif.org

Kentucky Employers Mutual Insurance
Phone: (859) 425-7800
Address: 250 West Main Street Suite 900
P.O. Box 83720
Lexington, KY   40507-1724
Website: www.kemi.com

Louisiana Workers' Compensation Corporation
Phone: (225) 924-7788
Address: 2237 South Acadian Thruway
P.O. Box 83720
Baton Rouge, LA   70808
Website: www.lwcc.com

Maine Employers Mutual Insurance Company (MEMIC)
Phone: (207) 791-3300
Address: 261 Commercial Street
P.O. Box 11409
Portland, ME   04104
Website: www.memic.com

Chesapeake Employers’ Insurance Company
Phone: (410) 494-2000
Address: 8722 Loch Raven Boulevard
P.O. Box 11409
Towson, MD   21286-2235
Website: www.ceiwc.com

SFM Mutual Insurance Company
Phone: (952) 838-4200
Address: 3500 American Boulevard West Suite 700
P.O. Box 11409
Bloomington, MN   55431-4434
Website: www.sfmic.com

Missouri Employers Mutual Insurance
Phone: (800) 442-0590
Address: 101 N Keene St
P.O. Box 11409
Columbia, MO   65201
Website: www.mem-ins.com

Montana State Fund
Phone: (406) 495-5015
Address: 855 Front Street
P.O. Box 4759
Helena, MT   59604-4759
Website: www.montanastatefund.com

New Mexico Mutual Group
Phone: (505) 345-7260
Address: 3900 Singer Boulevard NE
P.O. Box 4759
Albuquerque, NM   87109
Website: www.newmexicomutual.com

New York State Insurance Fund
Phone: (212) 312-7001
Address: 199 Church Street
P.O. Box 4759
New York, NY   10007
Website: www.nysif.com

Workforce Safety and Insurance
Phone: (701) 328-3800
Address: 1600 East Century Avenue Suite 1
P.O. Box 4759
Bismarck, ND   58506-5585
Website: www.WorkforceSafety.com

Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation
Phone: (800) 644-6292
Address: 30 West Spring Street
P.O. Box 4759
Columbus, OH   43215-2256
Website: www.bwc.ohio.gov

CompSource Mutual Insurance Company
Phone: (405) 232-7663
Address: 1901 North Walnut Ave.
P.O. Box 53505
Oklahoma City, OK   73152-3505
Website: www.compsourcemutual.com

State Accident Insurance Fund (SAIF)
Phone: (503) 373-8000
Address: 400 High Street SE
P.O. Box 53505
Salem, OR   97312-1000
Website: www.saif.com

Pennsylvania State Workers Insurance Fund
Phone: (570) 963-4635
Address: 100 Lackawanna Avenue
P.O. Box 5100
Scranton, PA   18505-5100
Website: www.dli.state.pa.us/swif

Beacon Mutual Insurance Company
Phone: (401) 825-2667
Address: One Beacon Centre
P.O. Box 5100
Warwick, RI   02886-1378
Website: www.beaconmutual.com

South Carolina State Accident Fund
Phone: (803) 896-5800
Address: P.O. Box 102100
P.O. Box 5100
Columbia, SC   29221-5000
Website: www.saf.sc.gov

Texas Mutual Insurance Company
Phone: (800) 859-5995
Address: 6210 East Highway 290
P.O. Box 5100
Austin, TX   78723-1098
Website: www.texasmutual.com

Workers Compensation Fund
Phone: (800) 446-2667
Address: 100 West Towne Ridge Parkway
P.O. Box 2227
Sandy, UT   84070
Website: www.wcfgroup.com

Washington Department of Labor and Industries
Phone: (360) 902-5800
Address: P.O. Box 44001
P.O. Box 2227
Olympia, WA   98504-4001
Website: www.lni.wa.gov

Wyoming Division of Workers Safety & Compensation
Phone: (307) 777-7159
Address: Cheyenne Business Center
1510 East Pershing Boulevard
Cheyenne, WY   82002
Website: wydoe.state.wy.us

Workers Compensation Board - Alberta
Phone: (780) 498-3999
Address: 9925-107 Street
P.O. Box 2415
Edmonton, AB   T5J 2S5
Website: www.wcb.ab.ca

Workers Compensation Board of British Columbia (WORKSAFEBC)
Phone: (604) 273-2266
Address: P.O. Box 5350 Station Terminal
P.O. Box 2415
Vancouver, BC   V6B 5L5
Website: www.worksafebc.com

Manitoba Workers Compensation Board
Phone: (204) 954-4321
Address: 333 Broadway
P.O. Box 2415
Winnipeg, MB   R3C 4W3
Website: www.wcb.mb.ca

WorkSafeNB
Phone: (506) 632-2200
Address: 1 Portland Street
P.O. Box 160
Saint John, NB   E2L 3X9
Website: www.worksafenb.ca

Workers Compensation Board of Nova Scotia
Phone: (902) 491-8999
Address: 5668 South Street
P.O. Box 1150
Halifax, NS   B3J 2Y2
Website: www.wcb.ns.ca

Prince Edward Island Workers Compensation Board
Phone: (902) 368-5680
Address: 14 Weymouth Street
P.O. Box 1150
Charlottetown, PE   C1A 7L7
Website: www.wcb.pe.ca

Saskatchewan Workers Compensation Board
Phone: (306) 787-4370
Address: 200 - 1881 Scarth Street
P.O. Box 1150
Regina, SK   S4P 4L1
Website: www.wcbsask.com

Puerto Rico State Insurance Fund Corporation
Phone: (787) 793-5959
Address: G.P.O. Box 365028
P.O. Box 1150
San Juan, PR   00936-5028
Website: www.cfse.gov.pr
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CALIFORNIA

SafeAtWorkCA.com Launched

In February, State Fund launched SafeAtWorkCA.com, a new online safety resource designed to help California employers protect their workers and build cultures of safety.

The new site features a variety of safety-related resources, including:

  • Workplace safety fundamentals customized for a variety of industries
  • An “Ask the Expert” feature
  • Safety meeting topics and plans
  • Updates on legislative and regulatory changes that impact California businesses
  • State Fund’s 2019 in-person safety seminar schedule

 

Kids Chance Scholarship Program Sponsorship Increased

State Fund’s board of directors voted to increase its annual sponsorship of Kids Chance California from $20,000 to $50,000 for 2019.

Since 2011, Kids Chance California has provided scholarships to children of California workers seriously or fatally injured while on the job. In 2018, State Fund’s financial support provided scholarships to 11 students.

(Left to right, front row) State Fund HR Manager Tim Alexander, Corporate Social Responsibility Director Angie Harder, and VP of Human Resources Brandee Radaikin accept the Kids Chance California Platinum Sponsorship certificate presented by Amy Hanson, Kids Chance Board Secretary (back row), at the 2018 Kids Chance California Annual Conference.

 

 

Employees Pledge to “Ban the Bottle”

To celebrate Earth Day on April 22, State Fund employees took action to “Ban the Bottle” and reduce plastic pollution. Every employee who pledged to give up the use of plastic water bottles received a sustainable water container provided by State Fund as a thank you for taking care of the planet.

During the campaign, employees learned that:

  • Plastic water bottles can take between 400 and 1,000 years to decompose.
  • More than 8 million tons of plastic end up in our oceans each year.
  • 91 percent of plastic waste isn’t recycled.
  • There is more micro plastic in the ocean than there are stars in the Milky Way.



COLORADO

Pinnacol Distributes $70 Million in General Dividends to Colorado Employers

For the fourth year in a row, Pinnacol issued general dividend checks to policyholders in every county in the state. With a $70 million dividend, the average check per customer was $1,328—up from 2018. Roughly 94% of Pinnacol policyholders received a dividend, based on their premium size and success in partnering with their employees and Pinnacol to keep their workplaces safe. That’s more than 52,000 Colorado employers.

Pinnacol Was a “Force for Good” in 2018

Our job is all about protecting the health and safety of people on the job, and that culture of caring extends beyond our customers and reaches the four corners of Colorado. We donate time, money, and support through grants, sponsorships, our employee volunteer program, and the Pinnacol Foundation’s scholarship program. Learn how Pinnacol was a Force for Good in 2018.

29 Colorado Employers Earn Pinnacol’s Circle of Safety Award

Pinnacol honored 29 of its policyholders with its 2018 Circle of Safety Award. Winners have shown exemplary performance in safety, loss control, and financial and claims management. Many of this year’s winners maintained exemplary performance despite operating in high-risk industries such as construction, manufacturing, health care, and ski resorts. Winners represent an array of employers in Colorado, from small, family-owned businesses to large corporate operations. Learn more about the 2018 Circle of Safety Award winners.


HAWAII

HEMIC Announces an EPIC Change in Hawai`i’s Insurance Market

Hawai`i Employers Mutual Insurance Company (HEMIC) has launched a new, wholly owned subsidiary: Employers’ Protective Insurance Company (EPIC).

EPIC’s initial product offering is Temporary Disability Insurance. “We believe TDI is a natural complement to workers’ compensation insurance, as it is required by statute for all businesses, provides coverage for non-occupational disability, and utilizes a similar claims process,” said Martin J. Welch, CEO of HEMIC. “With our expertise, technology, resources, and commitment to the state of Hawaii, we believe we can provide faster, better service at competitive prices for the benefit of Hawai`i’s businesses, workers, and agents.”

“Like HEMIC, EPIC has the advantage of being a 100% local Hawaii company,” said Tammy Teixeira, senior vice president of business development at HEMIC. “From underwriting to claims, our employees understand and appreciate the unique dynamics and needs of our local businesses and workplaces. This—combined with our technical expertise in managing disability—is a winning combination for Hawaii businesses.”

Jason Yoshimi, president and CFO of HEMIC, added, “As a mutual insurance company, our primary obligation is to our policyholder members. We have a long-term commitment to care for Hawai`i’s businesses and their employees. EPIC’s offering will build further on that commitment, both by filling an important coverage need for local businesses and by enhancing the growth, stability, and long-term security of HEMIC.”

The creation of EPIC continues HEMIC’s ongoing, long-term strategic diversification. HEMIC’s first subsidiary, HEMIC Insurance Managers, Inc. (HIMI) recently celebrated its 10th anniversary. HIMI provides a valuable service to local agents, acting as a managing general agency brokering complementary lines of property and casualty insurance, as well as providing risk management services.

HEMIC Named One of 2019’s Best Places to Work in Hawaii

HEMIC has enjoyed employee recognition in recent years, and this year we are proud to join Hawaii Business’ prestigious “Best Places to Work” list.

“This is an exciting honor for HEMIC,” said Sarah Guay, vice president of human resources. “It’s validation that our employees feel valued and engaged, and they know that we have their back. As a leader in Hawaii’s insurance industry, our ability to attract and retain top talent becomes more important than ever before. We strive to provide a “best place to work” for our employees, knowing that a strong, supportive internal culture enables and inspires our staff to best serve our customers with a spirit of excellence.”

The Best Places to Work in Hawaii list is compiled annually by an independent workplace-excellence research firm, which evaluates each company based on an extensive employee survey and an assessment of company policies and practices, including benefits, working conditions, special perks, and more.

HEMIC Welcomes Todd Nacapuy as Chief Information Officer

HEMIC is pleased to announce the hiring of Todd Nacapuy as chief information officer. Todd most recently served in the public sector, as chief information officer in the state of Hawai`i’s Office of Enterprise Technology Services (ETS).

“It has been a tremendous honor to serve the state of Hawai`i as its CIO, and I thank Governor Ige for the opportunity,” says Todd. “I would also like to thank the employees at ETS for their hard work and dedication. Together, we made meaningful progress toward Governor Ige’s vision of modernizing the state’s systems. I am excited about returning to the private sector, and I look forward to making a meaningful contribution to the HEMIC organization.”

HEMIC is the largest workers’ compensation insurance carrier in the state of Hawai`i, caring for over 6,700 businesses and 75,000 workers across the Hawaiian Islands. HEMIC has a focus on the strategic use of technology to improve operational effectiveness, efficiency, and customer service.

Says Marty Welch, HEMIC CEO, “We are delighted to have someone with Todd’s capabilities leading our organization’s technological advancements. While HEMIC has always prided itself on being a market leader, we know that we must continue to innovate in order to serve Hawai`i employers well into the future. Todd’s energy and experience will be valuable assets for us as we further grow and diversify our company.”

HEMIC Announces the Promotion of Tammy Teixeira to Senior Vice President of Business Development

In this new role, Ms. Teixeira will be responsible for HEMIC’s top line revenue through the development of new markets, customers, and products, as well as existing sales. In support of these responsibilities, she will serve as president of HEMIC Insurance Managers, Inc. (HIMI) and as president of Employers’ Protective Insurance Company (EPIC). She will continue to oversee agency management, customer service, corporate marketing, and corporate communications functions.

Ms. Teixeira’s new role recognizes HEMIC’s continued growth and expansion efforts and reinforces its long-term strategic commitment to building a larger, more diverse insurance enterprise to serve Hawai`i’s businesses and workers.

 

 


LOUISIANA

LWCC Board of Directors Declares $51 Million Dividend

LWCC’s board of directors declared a $51 million dividend for 2018, distributed to over 20,000 policyholders in April. This amount represents one-fourth of the premium LWCC earned in 2018.

“As a mutual insurance company, we are able to share profits with our policyholders when we have strong financial results,” said LWCC president and CEO Kristin W. Wall. “We are proud to continue our purpose of helping Louisiana thrive by distributing dividends to policyholders who can then put that money back into their businesses.”

Dividend payout increases by length of time with LWCC, with long-term policyholders who have been with LWCC for at least five years being fully vested in the dividend program and earning the highest return, 32 percent of their average premium over the last five years. All policyholders with an active LWCC policy at year end are eligible to receive a dividend.

LWCC has given back to its policyholders, through the dividend program, a total return of $712 million over a period of 16 consecutive years. This amounts to more than LWCC’s total underwriting profit since inception in 1992. “These results were made possible through the continued efforts of our valued policyholders, loyal agents, and dedicated employees,” stated LWCC board chairman Byron Craig Thomson.

LWCC Welcomes David White as Vice President, Chief Internal Auditor

LWCC is pleased to announce the hiring of David White as vice president, chief internal auditor. White brings over 40 years of audit experience in the insurance, reinsurance, telecommunications, and retail industries, and expertise across multiple disciplines, such as operations, financial accounting, and information systems.

LWCC welcomes back White, who previously held the position of vice president, internal audit for LWCC from 2007–2012. Most recently, White served as vice president, internal audit for Hannover Life Reassurance Company of America. Prior to this role, he served as second vice president, audit unit manager with Gen Re. Earlier in his career, White held multiple roles within various telecommunications and retail companies.

White earned a B.S. in accounting from the New York Institute of Technology and an MBA from St. John’s University. White is licensed as a CPA in Louisiana and New York and has also attained several professional designations, including Certified Internal Auditor, Certified Internal Systems Auditor, Certified Fraud Examiner, and Chartered Global Management Accountant, as well as the Certification in Risk Management Assurance.

LWCC Raises Funds for Cancer Center in Support of Breast Cancer Awareness

Each October, LWCC holds a fun-filled fall carnival to raise funds for a charitable organization. The employee-led Cornerstone Committee, which organized the event, chose Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center as the recipient of funds raised. Mary Bird Perkins is Louisiana’s leading cancer care organization, headquartered in Baton Rouge.

Because October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and because the cancer center has a similar mission to LWCC—to improve the lives of others—the committee felt it was an excellent cause to support. The committee adopted Mary Bird Perkins’ “Geaux Pink” awareness campaign as the event’s theme to raise awareness about breast cancer prevention, screening, and treatment.

The event, featuring a costume contest, games, and food, was a huge success. In January, LWCC employee representatives presented a $2,000 check to the cancer center.

 

LWCC Hosts InVEST Students From St. Augustine High School

Students from St. Augustine High School in New Orleans recently visited LWCC to learn about workers' compensation and careers in insurance. The students were on a field trip as participants of InVEST, a national program that educates high school and community college students on insurance, financial services, and risk management topics, and encourages them to pursue careers in the insurance industry.

LWCC president and CEO Kristin Wall dropped by to greet the students, and employees from several departments presented on workers' compensation topics and shared information about their respective roles at LWCC.

Presenters included associate claims representatives Megan Tircuit and Victoria Duque-Alvarez, senior claims representative Evan Canzoneri, underwriter Ryann Sanchez, associate underwriter Jordan Vallet, internal premium auditor Dakota Henry, senior actuarial analyst Cameron Nelson, and financial planning & analysis manager Keith Chappell.


MAINE

MEMIC Provides Insights on Opioids, Medical Marijuana, Technology Changes, and Gender Imbalance in the Insurance Industry

MEMIC’s Tony Payne was featured in Business NH Magazine on how technology is driving change in the insurance industry, Gus Gonnella spoke on MEMIC’s experience with the Massachusetts Opioid Alternative Treatment Pathway in Business Insurance , Matt Harmon discussed medical marijuana challenges with Carrier Management Magazine , and Catherine Lamson presented in Million Women Mentors’ International Women’s Day webinar.

MEMIC Supports Access to Education

MEMIC has issued a $20,000 matching challenge donation to USM’s Access to Education Scholarship MEMIC is also accepting applications to its Horizon Scholarship for the families of injured workers.


MARYLAND

Chesapeake Employers’ Insurance Company Declares $20 Million in Corporate Dividends

The board of directors of the Chesapeake Employers’ Insurance Company is pleased to declare $20 million in corporate dividends for 2020 and 2021 to qualifying policyholders based on their safety performance. This is in addition to the $20 million dividend the company declared in March 2018. In all, the company will issue $40 million in dividends by 2022. The dividends are possible due to Chesapeake Employers’ financial performance.

The latest dividend will be awarded to qualifying policyholders for their 2019 and 2020 performance, with payment beginning May 1, 2020.

The company is currently paying dividends to qualifying policyholders based on their 2017 and 2018 performance. Beginning May 1, 2019, Chesapeake Employers’ will pay dividends based on 2018 performance.

“Congratulations to all the employers in Maryland that we insure, who see the value of keeping their workers safe on the job,” said Tom Phelan, president and CEO of Chesapeake Employers’ Insurance. “They earned this dividend because they are committed to workplace safety. Everybody wins when safety is a top priority.”

Dividends are based on performance and are not guaranteed. The corporate dividend was approved by the Maryland Insurance Administration.


MINNESOTA

David Kaiser Announced as SFM’s COO

SFM Mutual Insurance Co. has promoted David Kaiser to the position of chief operating officer and senior vice president.

Kaiser has been with SFM since 1992, having originally joined the organization in the role of senior programmer analyst. He became SFM’s VP of information services in 2001 and has served as chief information officer since 2005.

“Dave has long been an integral part of SFM’s success,” said SFM president and CEO Terry Miller. “He possesses a truly remarkable level of talent and experience. Dave’s vision and strategic acumen make him ideally suited for this expanded role in leading SFM.”

In his position as COO, Kaiser will oversee all of SFM’s technical and financial operations. This includes jurisdiction over the Information Services functions he led as CIO.

“In my new position, I’m looking forward to making the most of the excellent work that’s being done every day by SFM’s dedicated staff and leaders,” said Kaiser. “I’m excited to have an opportunity to have an even bigger role in furthering SFM’s commitment to service and innovation.”

Kaiser earned a bachelor's degree in computer science from Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, Minnesota. He has more than 34 years of experience in information technology and 27 years of experience in insurance-related technology.

In addition to his role with SFM, Kaiser co-founded the charitable SFM Foundation and currently serves as its president. The SFM Foundation provides post-secondary education scholarships to children of parents fatally or seriously injured in work-related accidents. The charity has committed $1.7 million to support 151 scholarships since its inception in 2008.

Chad Hagedorn Announced as SFM’s CIO

SFM Mutual Insurance Co. has named Chad Hagedorn as its new chief information officer. This appointment went into effect on March 1.

Hagedorn joined SFM’s Information Services team in 2003 as a systems administrator. Since then, he’s held a variety of leadership roles within the team. Hagedorn has served as SFM’s director of information services since 2016.

Hagedorn’s appointment comes with the promotion of SFM’s longtime CIO, David Kaiser, to the position of chief operating officer and senior vice president.

“From the beginning, Chad has distinguished himself as a champion of innovation at SFM,” said Kaiser. “His broad experience and exceptional leadership skills make him the ideal candidate for the role of CIO.”

In his new position, Hagedorn will oversee all software development and IS operations. SFM’s IS staff includes specialists in disciplines ranging from programming to security administration to desktop support.

“I’m honored to accept this new role,” said Hagedorn. “I’m excited to work with this talented and dynamic team in shaping the future of SFM’s innovative solutions.”

Hagedorn holds a bachelor of science degree in business/information technology from the University of Phoenix.

Kathy Bray Announced as SFM’s VP and General Counsel

SFM Mutual Insurance Co. has named Kathy Bray as its new vice president and general counsel. This appointment went into effect on April 29.

Bray has been with SFM since 2007, originally as senior defense counsel within SFM’s in-house law firm. She has also served as SFM’s corporate counsel since 2016.

“SFM is fortunate to have an attorney with Kathy’s talents and experience as general counsel,” said president and CEO Terry Miller. “She’s been a vital contributor for this organization, and I look forward to working with her in this important new role.”

As general counsel, Bray’s responsibilities will include corporate and board governance, oversight of employment law issues, contract review, regulatory matters, and legislative relationships. In addition, she’ll have authority over in-house law firm Lynn, Scharfenberg & Hollick and SFM’s Special Investigation Unit.

“I’m honored to accept this new role with such a service-oriented, dynamic company,” said Bray. “I look forward to helping SFM navigate the challenges that come along with being an innovator in an evolving industry.”

Before joining SFM, Bray was a shareholder with Hanft Fride, P.A. in Duluth, Minnesota. She spent over 15 years in private practice, advising employers in workers’ compensation and employment matters, including disputes that involved the Americans With Disabilities Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, and other employment-related litigation. She also draws upon the experience she’s gained serving as a board member for various nonprofit organizations over the past 25 years.

Bray graduated cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School and has her undergraduate degree in business from the University of Denver.


MONTANA

Goodbye Mark, Hello Mark

Montana State Fund recently said goodbye to long time vice president of corporate support/chief financial officer Mark Barry, who retired in March.  Barry had been with MSF for over 25 years. During his tenure, he worked tirelessly to create the stable financial organization MSF is today. While Mark will be sorely missed, we welcome a new Mark B. to fill his shoes...

 

 

 

Welcome Mark Burzynski

MSF is happy to welcome Mark Burzynski as our new chief financial officer and vice president of corporate support. Burzynski has over 26 years of insurance and provider relations experience.  Most recently he served as the divisional senior vice president of provider services and as senior vice president and CFO for Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Montana in Helena.

 

 

New Medical Bill Vendor
In January, MSF implemented a new medical bill review system and payment vendor, Rising Medical Solutions (RMS). The advantages of RMS for MSF include the acceptance of electronic billing, issuing Electronic Funds Transfer payments to medical providers, and offering streamlined and efficient review and processing for MSF claims examiners.


OREGON

The Simple Safety Step Everyone Should Know

Nearly every home and workplace has a ladder lying around someplace. So you'd think most people would know how to use them safely, right? Wrong. Falls are one of the top three causes of serious workplace injuries, and ladders are a leading culprit.

SAIF celebrated ladder safety month in March by releasing a video with handy ladder safety tips, highlighting the “belt buckle rule”: Keep your mid-section centered between the side rails. More information can be found at saif.com/falls.

Distracted Driving

When it comes to staying safe behind the wheel, phones get a bad rap—with good reason. The National Safety Council says you're four times more likely to crash if you're using a cell phone than if you're not.

But what about the many other reasons we find ourselves distracted on our morning commute, like breakfast on the go, unfinished makeup, or an unpleasant song on the radio? While each of these activities on its own isn’t illegal in Oregon, it's easy to get carried away with trying to do them all before reaching your destination.

We celebrated distracted driving month in April with a video reminding Oregonians of the small distractions that can add up on the road.

SAIF Shows Up Big at GOSH

SAIF had a strong presence at the biennial Oregon Governor’s Occupational Safety and Health (GOSH) conference in early March. The conference drew more than 1,500 attendees interested in ways to keep workers safe and healthy. SAIF hosted a booth focused on “gravity,” highlighting struck-by injuries, ladder safety, and having the right shoe tread to avoid slips. In addition, 23 SAIF employees presented in individual classes and seminars.

Safety and Health Leaders Recognized

In addition to participating in GOSH, two safety leaders from SAIF were recognized at the conference. Chuck Easterly, director of the Safe and Healthy Workplace Center, received the Safety and Health Professional award. Judi Croft, safety services supervisor, received the Safety/Health/Wellness Advocate award.

 

 

 

SAIF Hosts Workers’ Comp Seminar

On April 3, SAIF hosted 186 agents and employees at the 27th annual SAIF Workers’ Compensation Insurance Seminar. SAIF president and CEO Kerry Barnett led the first general session with an update on SAIF business and projects. Kerry was followed by Michael Lewellen, VP of corporate communications with the Portland Trail Blazers, who spoke about managing times of transition. Tom Harrell, managing attorney for SAIF, spoke about effective storytelling, and Chris Morgan, an attorney, speaker, and author, discussed the employment law basics attendees should know in 2019.

Seminar participants got to choose from three break-out sessions on topics including driving safety and telematics, customer experience, and successful safety committees.

Winter Holiday Celebrations

SAIF issued tips to our policyholders in honor of two winter holidays: Quitters’ Day (January 17) and Valentine’s Day.

According to research by Strava, January 17 is the day most people will abandon their resolutions. That's why SAIF offered new free resources for promoting safe and healthy workplaces. The content includes videos, posters, and one-page guides with tips on healthy eating, stress reduction, physical activity, and more.

For Valentine’s Day, we highlighted small gestures you can use to reach out to a co-worker in need. According to research by Mental Health America, Oregon has one of the worst rates of mental health issues in the country.

Annual Report

Every year, SAIF is required by statute to create an annual report for legislators. This has become a great opportunity for us to share some of our achievements from the previous year. In addition to financial reports, this year's report highlights our safety and health efforts, high service levels, and the value we provide our customers. The report can be found at saif.com/annualreport.


UTAH

WCF Insurance Wins Mitchell 2018 mPower Award

Mitchell International, a leading provider of insurance technology, held its annual Property and Casualty Conference October 1–3, 2018. During the gathering, Mitchell’s president and CEO, Alex Sun, announced the winners of the second annual Mitchell mPower Awards. The program celebrates customers who are delivering better outcomes through innovative technology or business transformations. WCF Insurance won the prestigious award for its work fighting the opioid epidemic through programs for injured workers. WCF Insurance, along with Property Damage Appraisers, won the award for their outstanding efforts in 2018.

According to Mitchell International:
“As Utah’s premier workers’ compensation insurance provider, WCF Insurance has been protecting both workers and employers for more than 100 years. Like many states across the U.S., addiction to prescription painkillers has reached epidemic proportions in Utah. With a commitment to finding an effective way to address the crisis affecting its community, WCF developed a program to get the right medication to the right people for the right situation, resulting in less opportunity for individuals to begin a path to tolerance, addiction, or abuse. To ensure a successful adoption, they conducted extensive outreach to the medical community. After implementing its Pharmacy Partnership Program, WCF saw a 51% decrease in the quantity of opioid pills dispensed—the implied equivalent of a more than 41,000 opioid pill reduction from the prior year. That is 41,000 fewer opportunities for individuals to begin an unintended path toward addiction. Moreover, because of its outreach, WCF’s programs have significantly influenced a broader network of health partners who have followed WCF’s lead by adopting its protocols.”

For more details on WCF Insurance’s efforts against opioid abuse, please visit https://www.mpower.mitchell.com/wcf-insurance-doing-right-thing-good-business/

WCF Insurance Named on Women Tech Council's 2019 Shatter List

In March, WCF Insurance was recognized in the Women Tech Council’s 2019 Shatter List for actively employing measures to help break the glass ceiling for women in technology. WCF was among 46 companies recognized based on the development and successful implementation of measures that create gender-inclusive cultures where women can contribute and succeed.

“Breaking the glass ceiling for women in technology requires companies to move beyond single-sided efforts to organization-wide solutions that actively create gender-inclusive teams and environments,” said Cydni Tetro, president of the Women Tech Council. “The programs and practices these companies are building and implementing are creating this type of impact for those in their organization, and helping advance women in technology across the entire sector.”

In making the list, WCF was evaluated and scored against hundreds of technology companies on executive engagement, company programming, community investment, and women’s or D&I groups.

 

 

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