In This Issue​​

Scholarship Recipients

Lawnmower Safety

Member Workshops 

Three-Point Contact is Key to Vehicle Safety

Trivia  Did You Know?

Where was "Hannah Montana" filmed?

Click here for the answer.


Message from the President 
I hope we are finished with the arctic weather blasts we have seen over the past couple months, and I trust that everyone survived them safely.
As most of you know, we are now holding our spring workshops. We have already presented in Middle Tennessee, and we will cover West and East Tennessee, respectively, in April and May. Please note that you still have time to register. Also, CMFO’s can earn 2.5 hours of credit in Finance. Click here to sign up!
Renewal applications for July have been distributed and we will mail applications for August in the next few weeks. Please remember to contact your Member Services representative if you have any questions when completing your application.
More than 200 entities and more than 560 individuals have signed up with PoolShare, which can help you keep up with the status of a claim. With PoolShare, you have access to claims information for ALL lines of coverage that you have placed with Public Entity Partners. In the event that you need additional claims information, the claims adjuster assigned to each claim is identified in PoolShare. You may email or call these individuals directly whenever you have a question. If your entity isn’t registered with PoolShare, click here to do so or contact your Member Services representative to receive assistance in signing up and scheduling on-site training.
Public Entity Partners’s Member Services representatives include:
·         Celeste Taylor – West   
·         Halie Gallik – Middle    
·         Wayne Anderson – East
Your PE Partner is here to serve you and we look forward to hearing from you!
Yours Truly,

Dawn R. Crawford, President

Scholarship Recipients 

The mission of the Public Risk Management Association (PRIMA) is to promote effective risk management in the public interest as an essential component of public administration. This year, Public Entity Partners is honored to provide three scholarships for attendance at the 2015 PRIMA Annual National Conference in Houston. Congratulations to the following recipients of this year’s Excellence in Risk Management Continuing Education Scholarship!
·         Kim Spence, City of Cleveland
·         Derek Watson, City of White House
·         Vonda Mathenia, Southwest Human Resources Agency
The topics at this year’s PRIMA conference include:
·         Employee Benefits/Human Resources;
·         Risk Financing/Insurance;
·         ERM/Management/Leadership;
·         Risk Management Administration;
·         Schools;
·         Risk Control/Safety; and
·         Workers’ Compensation.


It’s that time of year again. Spring is here and grass-cutting season is upon us. Each year, lawnmower accidents are responsible for serious injuries and even deaths across the state. Here are some tips to keep in mind:
·       Never disable mower safety features, such as the control that stops the mower blade if the operator isn’t holding the handle or occupying the seat. These controls are designed to stop the mower if the operator falls from the mower or loses control. This can save your life.
·       Always wear proper footwear (avoid sandals, flip-flops or open-toed shoes) while mowing.
·       Always wear eye protection to prevent injuries from flying objects.
·       Always wear hearing protection.
·       Always turn off the mower and wait for the blades to stop completely before removing the grass catcher, unclogging the discharge chute, inspecting or repairing lawnmower equipment, or crossing gravel paths, roads or other areas.
·       Drive up and down slopes — not across them — to prevent the mower from rolling over. Also, avoid mowing steep grades in wet conditions to prevent the mower from slipping.
·       Roll bars and seat belts should always be used in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
Before the grass starts growing, take the opportunity to inspect your lawnmowers to make sure they are ready for use and in good working order. 






Member Workshops

Don’t forget to register for workshops in East and West Tennessee. We had great turnout for our workshops in the Middle Tennessee area March 10-12, and we look forward to seeing members in West and East Tennessee, respectively, in April and May. Workshop topics include:
·         Community Engagement and Dealing with the Public;
·         Contracts;
·         Coverage and Rates for 2015/2016;
·         Critical Coverage Elements;
·         Cyber Exposure;
·         Financial Controls As They Relate to Employee Dishonesty and Financial Loss;
·         Tennessee Governmental Tort Liability Act and Negligence; and
·         Workers’ Compensation Reform and Its Impact on Current Claims.
Representatives from Loss Control, Underwriting and Member Services will be on hand and available to answer questions. As risk management is everyone’s responsibility, your entity’s administrative staff, elected officials, department heads, supervisors and your insurance agent are encouraged to attend.  Lunch will be provided.
April 7: Martin                            First State Bank
                                                  106 University Street 
                                                  9 A.M. – 1:15 P.M. 
April 8: Medina                          Medina City Hall
                                                  201 Highway 45 E North
                                                  9 A.M. – 1:15 P.M. 
April 9: Bartlett                          Bartlett Station Municipal Center (Community Room A)
                                                  5868 Stage Road   
                                                  9 A.M. – 1:15 P.M. 
May 19: Collegedale                Collegedale City Hall
                                                 4910 Swinyar Drive
                                                 9 A.M. – 1:15 P.M. 
May 20: Alcoa                           City of Alcoa, Service Center
                                                  725 Universal Street
                                                  9 A.M. – 1:15 P.M. 
May 21: Kingsport                     Kingsport - V.O. Dobbins Sr. Complex, Douglas Room
                                                  301 Louis Street
                                                  9 A.M. – 1:15 P.M. 
Click here to register for the workshop online.
You must register at least three days prior to the date of the respective workshop you wish to attend.


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Three-Point Contact is Key to Vehicle Safety

When you think of costly claims — in terms of financial, physical pain, missed work and lifestyle changes — you probably don’t think of a simple act like entering or exiting a vehicle.

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Public Entity Partners has paid many large workers’ compensation claims for employees in these situations. However, the financial outlay cannot begin to account for the lost worker hours for public entities, the extra work required by colleagues to fill in for an absent worker, the pain and suffering of those who must miss work, or the lasting personal effects that can be experienced by displaced workers, especially those who might be facing a career-ending injury.
Vehicle safety is critical to a number of job functions. As a result, all employees should be alert to these vehicle-related dangers:
·         Mud, ice and potholes can create slip-and-fall hazards.
·         Traffic hazards can endanger police officers and employees in work zones.
·         Wet or icy parking lots can create risk for any employee.
Some of these factors are out of the hands of employees. However, workers who take time to use safety procedures when mounting and dismounting from vehicles and heavy equipment can make a big difference in their own safety.
Always Use Three-Point Contact
Entering and exiting vehicles is especially important for public works or parks and recreation employees, as these individuals might be using heavy equipment and working on unstable ground. Adverse environmental conditions, such as mud, can also be hazardous.
To mount and dismount equipment safely, the key is to always maintain three points of contact with the equipment. This means two hands and one foot, or two feet and one hand, should be on the equipment at all times.
Safe Procedures
Follow these procedures to safely enter and exit heavy equipment:
1.      Check to make sure that the machine is equipped with grab rails and steps. (If possible, add stickers to remind workers about safe procedures and mark grab rails and steps.)
2.      Remove mud from shoes before climbing onto the machine. Also, keep steps and grips clear of mud, grease and other hazards.
3.      Face the machine as you step onto the first step. Maintain a three-point contact at all times. Use the surfaces the manufacturer designed for mounting and dismounting — steps, running boards, traction strips, footholds and hand grips.
4.      Climb into the cab or other areas that have non-slip surfaces.
5.      When exiting the machine, first check to be sure the machine is parked and stable. Shut off the machine if necessary.
6.      While facing the machine, step out of the cab or step off the machine. Use the provided surfaces to climb down, always maintaining a three-point contact. Do not jump from equipment! Jumping is dangerous to bones and joints.
Only break a three-point contact with the machine when you safely reach the ground.











It takes a minute to write a safety rule.
It takes an hour to hold a safety meeting.
It takes a week to plan a good safety program.
It takes a month to put that program into operation.
It takes a year to win a safety award.
It takes a lifetime to make a safe worker.
But it takes only a second to destroy it all — with one accident.
Please, take the time now to work safely and help your fellow employees to be safe.





Trivia — Did You Know?

Where was "Hannah Montana: The Movie" filmed?
Answer: "Hannah Montana: The Movie" was filmed in Columbia, Tennessee, and released in 2009.