STATE ASSOCIATION OF COUNTIES RECOGNIZES COUNTY SAFETY PROGRAM

STATE ASSOCIATION OF COUNTIES RECOGNIZES COUNTY SAFETY PROGRAM

The New Mexico Association of Counties has singled out Doña Ana County for an award tied to reducing on-the-job accidents.

Doña Ana County Risk Manager Ed Fridenstine will present the award to the Doña Ana County Board of Commissioners during their Feb. 24 meeting at the Doña Ana County Government Center.

The award cites claims reductions across the board, and gives credit to Doña Ana County for having implemented a 50-week Risk Awareness Program during 2008 that educated county employees about how to avoid accidents and injuries on the job. Several sessions were department-specific, while others were more general in nature.

“These weekly programs lasted about 15 minutes each, and we had very good participation from all departments,” Fridenstine said. “As a result, NMAC recorded a 56 percent decrease in general liability and property claims, a 38 percent decrease in automobile claims, a 12 percent decrease in law-enforcement liability claims and a 7.1 percent in workers’ compensation claims across Doña Ana County’s workforce.”

Fridenstine said the Doña Ana County Manager’s Office has approved continuation of the Risk Awareness Program beginning later this month. He said he has lined up several instructors, and the Doña Ana County Information Technology Department will digitally record each session for review by employees on the county’s intranet site.

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Reporters seeking more information or interviews may call county Public Information Director Jess Williams at (575) 525-5801.