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!
FLEET SAFETY POLICIES
Ensuring Your Safe Response to Emergencies
By Joe Garcia
Firefighters and first responders risk their lives every day. And while there is no arguing with the hazards of battling fires, it’s more than just flames at the scene that pose a threat to these brave men and women. Often, it’s the drive from the fire station to the emergency scene that can be the real, unexpected danger. In 2016, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reported an estimated 15,425 crashes involving fire department emergency vehicles. In fact, firefighters are statistically more likely to be injured or die in a motor vehicle-related incident than during the course of a firefighting operation. Therefore, it is vital that every community fire and emergency department places significant emphasis on their fleet safety policy. Doing so will not only save money (from claims or unexpected costs) but, more importantly, save lives in the community.
Don’t have a fleet safety policy in place? Consider creating a comprehensive one as soon as possible. It is a key element for a fire department to reduce and control emergency vehicle accidents. Effective policies include information and actionable items on key topics such as safety inspections and documentation, agency vehicle response policies and training.
Six Reasons Why It’s Vital to have a Nurse at the Front-End of the Workers’ Comp Claims Process
By Paul Binsfeld
We all know that accidents in the workplace happen. Although proper training and precautionary measures can help to reduce the number of such injuries, they can’t be fully avoided.
And when they do occur, they’re a pain. A pain for the worker who’s suffering from an injury and may not know what to do next. A pain for organizations facing piles of bills from their employees’ emergency room visits. And to top that off, employers must deal with the inevitable paperwork, management of medical providers, claims investigations, and more. Employers are left spending a lot of time and money.
Bridging the Transportation Gap with Ridesharing
By Joseph McCullough
Every year, as many as 3.6 million people miss medical appointments due to an inability to arrange reliable transportation. This happens in spite of the fact that $6 billion is spent on healthcare-related transportation each year. Reliable transportation is a key element within the continuum of care and barriers in transportation can lead to missed and rescheduled appointments—which derails an individual’s progress and complicates their recovery with costly consequences.