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2017 Risk & Insurance Symposium

A Culture of Safety

Safety Training

Training Resources

Tennessee Trivia

Q. What Tennessee city is home to North America’s only freshwater pearl-culturing farm operation?

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Message from the President


We are in full swing, organizing our 2nd Annual Risk & Insurance Symposium, to be held this summer. One of our objectives is to provide training and education across all work disciplines within your organization. With the philosophy that risk management is everyone’s responsibility, it is our goal to provide learning opportunities for all.

This year’s symposium will be held at the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs. Sessions will begin at 1:00 p.m. on August 23rd and conclude at noon on August 25th. We will host a variety of subject-matter experts to discuss a wide array of topics relevant to local governments. More information, along with a link to the registration website, is included in this newsletter.

For those who attended our symposium last year, you may remember the general session speaker, Eric Giguere. Eric almost lost his life in a work-related accident. He will be in the City of Spring Hill next month to discuss how to foster and maintain a culture of safety in the workplace. The city has offered the opportunity for others to attend this event, as there is some additional space available. Please see more information in the related article below.

Dawn R. Crawford


2017 Risk & Insurance Symposium

Entities are at their safest and most efficient when every employee considers themselves a risk manager. Join local government officials from across the state at our 2017 Risk & Insurance Symposium, where we will dive into sessions designed to equip participants with techniques and information to understand, identify and help manage risk and insurance issues.

Topics include:

  • Contractual risk transfer for local government;
  • Use of prisoners on municipal work projects;
  • Media training as a risk management technique;
  • The Tennessee Governmental Tort Liability Act;
  • An update on workers’ compensation; and
  • Cyber security and the power grid.

When: August 23 — 25, 2017

Where: Franklin Marriott Cool Springs 700 Cool Springs Blvd. Franklin, TN 37067

Who should attend:

  • Anyone with safety responsibilities, interests or concerns;
  • Supervisors with safety responsibilities;
  • Safety, risk and HR managers;
  • Mayors and elected officials;
  • City managers/administrators;
  • City recorders/clerks;
  • Finance directors;
  • Human resource employees;
  • Fleet managers;
  • Training officers; and
  • City attorneys.

To view the agenda and to register, visit

If you have questions about the Symposium or issues with registration, please contact Lindsay Barber at 605.341.9588 or

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A Culture of Safety: It’s a Matter of Life or Death

Join representatives from the City of Spring Hill as they host a two-hour training session titled, “A Culture of Safety: It’s a Matter of Life or Death.” This session will cover workers’ compensation risk, and detail the harrowing and dramatic experience of Eric Giguere, a water distribution laborer, who survived a catastrophic trench collapse. Eric, who served as the keynote speaker for Public Entity Partners’s 2016 Risk & Insurance Symposium, will discuss the results of cutting safety corners and how to prevent this kind of oversight in the workplace.


Wednesday, May 24, 2017


9 a.m. — 11 a.m.


500 Northfield Lane
Spring Hill, TN 37174

Donuts and coffee will be provided.

Additional space is available for this training. To RSVP, please contact:
Callie Westerfield

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Top 20 Most-Cited Safety Standards for 2016

Recently, TOSHA released its report of the 20 most-cited standards for the Public Sector during 2016. This document is an important resource for employers seeking to educate staffs and contractors on the risks found in their respective work spaces, and serves as a guide to help send workers home safe and injury-free at the end of each workday.

Four of the most-often cited standards for the last calendar year involve electricity, wiring or energy control procedures, with the general electrical standard (1910.303) taking the top spot. Other frequently cited standards include having portable, ready-to-operate fire extinguishers (1910.157) at designated locations. Standards such as these are easy to review and comply with, and can protect your employees and property in the event of a fire.

Please take time to review the Top 20 Most-Cited Standards for the Public Sector so that you can ensure that your employees are following the proper standards. The complete list is available here.

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Trenching and Excavating Training Resources

Looking for training information on trenching and excavating? Several online resources can help provide an overview on proper trenching and excavation procedures. These include:

  • OSHA’s Trenching and Excavation website, which offers standards for trenching and excavation, posters, fact sheets and more;
  • Public Entity Partners’s online training portal, Local Government Risk Academy; and
  • Public Entity Partners’s DVD library, which includes numerous topics related to excavating and confined space entry.  

If you have questions or need additional information and training resources, please contact your regional loss control consultant.

Judy Housley

Chester Darden

Paul Chambliss

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Tennessee Trivia

Q: What Tennessee city is home to North America’s only freshwater pearl-culturing farm operation?

A. Camden, Tennessee