Public Risk Magazine


Public Risk, PRIMA’s 10-time-per-year magazine, is the flagship publication of the  association. This publication provides risk managers with timely, focused information  in an easy-to-read format. Public Risk features articles from risk management  practitioners as well as industry professionals. Articles range from current trends,  risk management procedures and guidelines, legislation changes, spotlights and  more that will engage your office while keeping them informed!

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April 2018


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Featured Articles:

Falsely Accused and NOT in the Wrong?
Fleet Safety Practices to Save Time and Money

By Jason Palmer

Whether you manage a transit, waste/recycling, road construction/snow removal or other type of fleet, many of the challenges that fleet, operations and safety managers face are the same:

They are blamed for accidents that were not their drivers’ fault
They had reached a safety plateau and were simply not getting better
They are always looking for ways to improve the safety and efficiency of their fleet

Although it has been shown that 80% of car-truck crashes are caused by car drivers, truck drivers are repeatedly being blamed for the accident.

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Data-Charged Risk Mitigation in Schools

By Charlie Wund

R?isk is everywhere. An invisible, ever-shifting layer of chance influencing outcomes for everyone, every day. Infinite variables, real consequences. Accelerating through a yellow light. One quick text while driving. An oblivious millisecond thrown onto the mountain of life’s insignificant moments, or a sudden life-changing event. Risk happens fast. The best we can do is understand our risks and use the best tools and information at hand to manage them. So… are we deploying the best tools and information to manage them in our schools? 

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The Fast Lane and Unemployment Drain

By Sheldon Altshuler, ARM

Ben Franklin was man of many talents — a scientist, legislator, diplomat, swimming hall of fame member (believe it or not) and, of course, one of the Founding Fathers and as such, an originator of public entity leadership. 

It is a convincing argument as well that he was America’s original risk manager, employing risk management, mitigation and financing techniques before it was a crucial component of any entity or enterprise.

While we can all agree that death is a sad certainty, taxes do not have to necessarily be an unavoidable fate. As it relates to public entities, certain statutory taxes can indeed can be avoided allowing for favorable financial outcomes that lend support to public entity budgetary mandates and demands in a time of ever-increasing service demands and scope of mission. 

In fairness to Ben Franklin, a clear legal allowance for the circumvention of tax may not have existed during his lifetime and this cost reduction option, available only to 501(c)3 entities, including public entities, is linked directly to the statutory State Unemployment Insurance system (established 150 years after Franklin’s own inevitable death). Success in realizing the hard financial savings of this option are entirely dependent on employing successful risk management techniques.

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