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Joplin's New Safety Program Cuts Costs

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JOPLIN, MISSOURI -

Joplin's Human Resources Department is stepping up on safety for its 600 employees.  

Joplin HR & Risk Management Director David Allgood says "Think about what fire does, what police does, what public works, what parks people do. There are dangerous jobs out there and a lot of things can happen."

And when accidents happen they can sometimes be expensive.

"You got two components. You got premiums, which the insurance companies set that and claims which are the unknown. That's why we do a lot of the training."

Training that the HR Director says wasn't very much in place before he stepped in three years ago. Now the city is tracking the amount of workers comp claims to save on the bottom line.

Joplin HR & Safety Specialist Patrick Hurn says "We also have a safety consultant that comes in from our insurance company on a monthly basis and we do walk-throughs of each of those departments just to make sure that everything's going the way it's supposed to."

In April the city is rolling out these new safety reminder boards to help employees keep track of the last time there was an accident on the job, and to set goals for the future to be accident free.

The trainings are interactive which means they have to give feedback, they have to answer questions, things of that nature. And so we have it set up sometimes where they have to buzz in.

With incentives along the way officials say it gets employees engaged. Improving safety has already cut injury claims by 15-16% from 2014 to 2015, saving the city $58,000 by lowering their property and casualty insurance premiums by 8.4%.

Allgood says “The insurance company sees what we're doing to bring losses down well they're more eager to work with us. And that's what's happened this year. They come back and recognize 'hey you guys doing something good.’”

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