The city of Altoona was recently named a Best Practices Member by the Iowa Municipalities Workers’ Compensation Association (IMWCA). In order to achieve this honor, Altoona has shown commitment from the entire organization to adopt and implement rigorous safety standards that not only help contain workers’ compensation costs but ultimately benefit its overall operations.
The Best Practices program was developed to recognize and reward members for meeting “best practices” in the areas of underwriting, claims and loss control.
“As a risk pool, it’s important that each member does their part to keep workers’ compensation costs affordable for all members,” said Jeff Hovey, director of risk services. “This recognition sets Altoona apart as one that goes the extra mile to support the pool in these efforts.”
During its July 2 staff meeting Altoona received a monetary award to be used to further enhance safety programs as well as a plaque and certificate acknowledging this outstanding achievement.
As Altoona Mayor Skip Conkling accepted the award he acknowledged the efforts of staff members stating, “All the staff should be thanked for making safety a priority. This isn’t something the department heads and leaders can do without all the city staff being on board with safety.”