Aug. 13--WARNER ROBINS -- The math seemed easy enough. Warner Robins' Insurance Committee unanimously agreed to hire a company for $45,000 after it vowed to cut average worker's compensation claims by about $131,000.
Kirby Ingram, area vice president for Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services Inc., proposed worker's compensation work that included trying to close out old claims, which could reduce future insurance costs. The company would also bring in risk-assessment staff to recommend ways to prevent accidents.
Over four years, the city spent about $2.1 million on workers compensation losses. Most of that money, some $1.35 million, came from 44 incidents involving muscle strains. The public works department had worker's compensation losses of nearly $700,000, followed by almost $500,000 in the fire department and more than $400,000 in the recreation department, Ingram's presentation shows.
Ingram said the muscle strain records stick out like a sore thumb and would be a major focus of the work.
The committee's recommendation to hire the consultants will go to the City Council as early as Monday.
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