NEWS (4/30/19): MCWCF issues $21,408 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 April 25.

These sums are part of the MCWCF’s Loss Prevention Grants Program, started in 2014. With this first round of grants in 2019, the fund has issued nearly $210,000 over the course of the program so far.

RECIPIENT Amount Project
Arenac County Animal Control $1,409 Safety equipment
Branch County $5,000 Entrance safety upgrade
Huron-Clinton Metroparks Authority $2,044 Safety equipment
Otsego County $4,531 Ergonomic equipment
Presque Isle County $4,279 Safety equipment
Tuscola County Sheriff’s Office $4,144 Ergonomic chairs
TOTAL GRANTS $21,408  

“Though the program is not even a decade old, it has become a fundamental part of our service to our members,” said Timothy K. McGuire, administrator. “In our 40th anniversary year, the Loss Prevention Grants reflect our continuing commitment to innovation, employee safety and member services.”

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.

In late 2018, the fund issued premium dividends of $3.3 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.