Employee Safety Grants Awarded
The Board of Trustees for the ACCG-Group Self-Insurance Workers’ Compensation Fund (ACCG-GSIWCF) voted to award $1.5 million in safety grants to eligible members, beginning in 2019. The grant funds, which range from $500 to $10,000, reimburse members for purchases designed to eliminate or reduce future workers’ compensation claims. In 2020, 111 applications that total approximately $470,000 were submitted and approved, for items such as firefighter turnout gear, respiratory protection, and extractors/washers for their gear; AEDs; road barriers, signs, and equipment; COVID-19 supplies; and body armor for law enforcement and first responders. The number of applications increased by 42% over last year, so more members have taken advantage of the available grants to further protect their employees from injuries.
There will be another opportunity to apply for the Employee Safety Grants beginning in May of 2021. Members can apply for the grant funds even if they applied in 2019 and 2020. This financial benefit is in addition to the 7.5% Safety Discount that members can earn by complying with certain safety requirements. All ACCG-GSIWCF members are encouraged to make safety for their employees a priority – to prevent and minimize injuries and to help keep future premiums down. Loss control and prudent claims handling have allowed the ACCG-GSIWCF to reduce rates for six consecutive years.
ACCG-GSIWCF is a member-owned insurance fund that was started in 1982. The pool provides workers’ compensation coverage for Georgia counties and authorities. McDuffie County Commissioner Fred Favors serves as Chairman of the ACCG-GSIWCF Board of Trustees. The Fund currently has 170 members, consisting of 134 counties and 36 authorities.
For information on the ACCG Insurance Programs, please contact Joe Dan Thompson at 404-522-5022.