NEWS (9/19/18): MCWCF issues $18,378 to county agencies for employee safety purchases

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Counties Workers’ Compensation Fund (MCWCF) has issued grants to agencies providing services in five counties to help reduce employee accidents and injuries, the fund announced Sept. 19.

These sums are part of the MCWCF’s Loss Prevention Grants Program, started in 2014. With this second round of grants in 2018, the fund has issued nearly $190,000 over the course of the program so far.

 RECIPIENT  Amount Project
Otsego County Judicial System $4,747 Security equipment
Newaygo County $5,000 Ergonomic chairs
Dickenson County $2,400  Metal detector
Chippewa County Jail $1,850 Security equipment
Alpena County $4,381 Ergonomic workstations

During my regular visits to review coverage with members, this program always is a point of conversation – the members simply love it,” said Timothy K. McGuire, administrator. “We are helping them invest in their people by keeping them safe. The benefits only multiply from there.”

The fund was created in 1979 by the Michigan Association of Counties. It now serves 80 members across Michigan, and includes counties, medical care facilities, housing commissions, transit agencies, villages, mental health authorities and other specialty county or multi-county endeavors.

At the end of 2017, the fund issued premium dividends of $3.2 million to members, the largest single amount in the fund’s history. These dividends reflect remitted premium payments in excess of the fund’s needs.