BOSTON, MA — In recognition of the extremely creative way they explore light and modified duty, the Town of Wilmington has earned the “Risk Management Best Practices” award from the Massachusetts Interlocal Insurance Association (MIIA), the town’s property and casualty insurance provider. MIIA presented the award to Wilmington during the association’s annual meeting in Boston on January 20th.
“Congratulations to the Town of Wilmington for the extremely creative way they explored light and modified duty,” said Stephen Batchelder, director of Claims Operations for MIIA.
When an employee is injured at work they may lose time from work while they are recovering from their injury. Typically their disability is the period from the injury until the time they can return to the job they had when they were injured. However, there are times when the injured worker has made considerable recovery but is not yet ready to assume all of their normal duties. Light or modified duty applies to situations where the employer is able to modify the employee’s work situation so they can return to work but avoid the activities for which they are not quite ready. When this is achieved it is considered a positive result as it allows the worker to safely re-engage in the work environment.
The Risk Management Best Practices award recognizes member commitment to consistent implementation of specific, high-value best practices for various lines of coverage.
“The Town of Wilmington continues to benefit from our ongoing partnership with MIIA and the commitment to improving the wellness of our employees,” says Jamie M. Magaldi, Wilmington’s DPW operations manager and chairman of its safety committee. “Knowing that MIIA’s team is invested in this endeavor means we can engage this challenge from multiple dimensions. It’s a win – win…exposure to risk is reduced and the employees experience tangible support first hand. This team approach to risk reduction improves morale, boosts employee efficiency, and washes the once perceived divide between management and the labor force.”
The Massachusetts Interlocal Insurance Association (MIIA) is the non-profit insurance arm of the Massachusetts Municipal Association. As a member-based organization, MIIA’s only focus is to provide excellent service and quality risk management solutions to Massachusetts’ municipalities and related public entities. Municipal insurance its only business, MIIA insures nearly 400 cities, towns, and other public entities in Massachusetts. For more information, visit http://www.emiia.org and http://www.mma.org.
(NOTE: The above press release is from the MIIA.)
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