Last Chance to Take Advantage of the LWMMI Safety Grant!

Program Ends June 30th – Fill out your Application Today!

The deadline to take advantage of the LWMMI Workers’ Compensation Matching Grant Program is quickly approaching. This one-time 75% matching grant is applicable on the cost of safety equipment, helping municipalities buy equipment that could prevent employee injuries and reduce losses. Safety equipment items must be purchased by June 30, 2018 and receipts submitted by July 31, 2018.

Apply before June 30:

For questions about the grant process, contact Sandy Hagen at or 608-833-9595. To discuss eligible safety equipment, contact Clark McAlpine, United Heartland loss control technical advisor, at or 262-787-7406.

LWMMI Annual Policyholder Conference

The ninth annual LWMMI Policyholder Conference, May 17-18 at the Chula Vista Resort and Water Park at the Wisconsin Dells, was a tremendous success. This year’s conference presenters, United Heartland Loss Control consultants Shawn Hau and Jackie Torgerson, highlighted LWMMI worker’s compensation loss leaders, outlined a few examples of large losses and walked through steps to prevent future injuries. They also provided an update on the LWMMI safety grant and invited three vendors to perform equipment demonstrations.

Summer Training Safety Reminders

Seasonal Youth Employee Training

Did you know, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are 12.9 million 16- to 24-year-olds in the labor market? While schools are on hiatus for the summer, many municipalities add younger, temporary employees to their staff. These summer positions may serve as first-time jobs for many employees, so proper training on the importance of work practices and personal protective equipment is critical. Consider instructing your staff on several key topics:

  • Mower and trimmer safety
  • Roadway traffic safety
  • Vehicles – driving and hitching trailers
  • Equipment – proper usage and safety features
  • Heat exposure and severe weather
  • Poisonous plants, insects and animals
  • Lifting and material handling
  • Ladder safety
  • Power washers
  • Chemicals
  • Slip and fall prevention
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE)

Supervisor Safety & Toolbox Talks

Beginning each day with a brief safety discussion of daily work duties can help prevent injuries. In just a few short minutes, a supervisor can review the scope of work tasks, potential hazards, and necessary safety practices. The supervisor can verify that all employees have had training for the job and that proper tools, equipment and personal protective equipment (PPE) is being used.

UH offers a variety of Supervisor Safety Talks on many different topics, including: back injury prevention, lifting safety, PPE, slip and falls, driving, trenching, confined spaces, work zone safety, mowing, chemicals, etc.

Here are a few safety talk resources: daily hazard analysis, supervisor safety talks, tips for effective safety talks.

For guidance on training seasonal employees or obtaining safety and toolbox talks, contact your dedicated United Heartland Loss Control consultant today!

Summer Environmental Risk Factors

The summer season brings along a set of common environmental risks like heat stroke, sunburn, dehydration, poisonous plants and Lyme disease. Find useful information on mitigating these environmental risk factors by visiting:

Lawn Mower Safety

Lawn mowing may seem like a simple, harmless task. However, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates riding mower incidents make up an estimated 34,000 emergency rooms visits annually. Preventing some of these incidents can be as simple as following these quick guidelines:

  • Avoid mowing on slopes with an angle of over 15 degrees.
  • Use a slope indicator, also known as a clinometer or inclinometer, if you need one.
  • Always remove the key when leaving a mower unattended.
  • Never leave mowers unattended on a slope.
  • Survey the land before beginning to ensure a safe distance from potentially hazardous terrain.

For more information, view OSHA: Dangers of Roll-Overs of Riding Mower.

Work Zone & Traffic Control

According to Federal Highway Administration work zone accident statistics, there are more than 84,000 work zone crashes annually. Visit OSHA’s Highway Work Zones and Signs, Signals and Barricades page for valuable information on highway work zones and safety information.

Trenching & Excavation

OSHA finds excavation work and trenching as some of the most hazardous construction operations. Cave-ins are the greatest risk and are more likely to result in worker fatalities than other excavation-related activities. OSHA’s Trenching and Excavation page gives details about these exposures and how to protect against accidents.

Additional Assistance

If additional assistance is needed on any of these topics, customers may contact their designated loss control consultant, Loss Control Tech Advisor Clark MacAlpine or Loss Control Manager Jim Jones.