Two Michigan County Agencies Awarded Grants for Employee Safety Purchases

LANSING, MI: Two Michigan counties have received a share of over $8,500 in grant awards from the Michigan Counties Workers’ Compensation Fund’s (MCWCF) Loss Prevention Grants Program. The annual program supports initiatives at member organizations that protect employees from workplace accidents and injuries.

The MCWCF awarded the 2022 grants to Gogebic County Courthouse for ergonomic office chairs and sit/stand desk systems and Sanilac County Medical Care Facility for the purchase of a Maxi Move Hoyer Patient Lift System to assist caregivers in safely moving and repositioning hospital patients.

“The bigger picture is education,” shares MCWCF administrator Tim McGuire. “By raising awareness about what workplace safety is and what it looks like, we’re empowering individuals to recognize and address potential hazards.”

Previously a competitive grant, the MCWCF board modified the program in 2022 to operate year-round. Members can submit financing requests at any point during the year. A committee of three MCWCF trustees reviews applications and makes funding decisions based on specific need or potential impact to the organization.

“Risk management is an ongoing practice,” says McGuire. “Members can now apply for the grant when they identify a safety need instead of waiting for the next cycle. We already have five applications we are reviewing for 2023.” According to McGuire, the investment has paid off for the MCWCF. “The program continues to play an important role in claims reductions. We’ve returned more than 35% of member premiums this year, totaling more than $77 million in dividends.”

First launched in 2014, the Loss Prevention Grants Program supports investments in employee safety. Past initiatives have ranged from police officer vests to ergonomic desks, and the MCWCF has awarded more than $330,000 to its members since the program’s inception.

The Michigan Counties Workers’ Compensation Fund (MCWCF) was formed by the Michigan Association of Counties in 1979 to provide competitive workers compensation insurance to public agencies throughout the state. Its membership includes counties, medical care facilities, housing commissions, transit agencies, villages, mental health authorities and other specialty county or multi-county endeavors.