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February 8, 2018 Johnson County No. 1 for workplace safety
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Johnson County was recently named No. 1 in the state for workplace safety by the Iowa Municipalities Workers’ Compensation Association.

As an employer, Johnson County has the best experience modification factor out of 79 counties in the association’s program and the second best overall factor of the nearly 500 entities and organizations in the association. The experience modification factor is based on an entity’s workplace injury history—both the number of injuries and the severity of those injuries.

Johnson County employs more than 550 individuals who provide a variety of services to county residents, including law enforcement, ambulance, road and bridge maintenance, public transportation, elections, social services, conservation, among others.

“By continuing to be a leader in the safety of its employees, Johnson County has not only reduced its annual premiums by 40 percent of the national average, but has also provided additional credits because they felt it wasn’t enough of a discount. After all of the credits are put together, Johnson County is only paying a third of the national average for a similarly sized entity,” Kyle Austen, agent and partner of Insurance Associates of Iowa City, said. “While commitment to safety can be measured in a dollar amount on the policy, what can’t be measured in this figure is the improvement of the employees’ quality of life as they go home each night safe and happy.”

Each year, more than four million workers suffer serious job-related injuries or illnesses and 4,000 Americans die in work-related incidents. These incidents not only hurt workers and their families, but also negatively impact business and the economy. Safer organizations enjoy increased productivity, higher employee satisfaction and a better reputation, while lowering workers’ compensation and health care costs and reducing the amount of lost time.

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