Warner Robins committee hears pitch from insurance consultant

bpurser@macon.comMay 3, 2013 

WARNER ROBINS -- A private consultant pitched its plan Friday to evaluate the city’s workers compensation structure with a pledge to save the city almost $78,000.

The pitch from Illinois-based Risk Management Services was made to the city’s insurance committee, which is made up of department heads and council members. No action was taken.

The company anticipates it can save the city of Warner Robins about $77,831 in workers compensation costs through its evaluation, said Erica Dougherty, area vice president who is based in Atlanta.

That evaluation includes reviewing the current structure, analyzing vendors, analyzing claims for closure, and creation of an internal mechanism to hold departmental supervisors accountable for employee workers compensation costs. It also includes establishing a safe work program to mitigate repeat claims.

Risk Management Services would charge $35,000 for a one-year contract, said Bryan Fobbus, city human resources director. A stipulation in the contract could be added to provide a prorated refund if the company is not able to deliver the expected savings, Dougherty said.

The company would work with the city’s risk manager if that $47,504 position plus benefits is funded in the next fiscal budget, Fobbus said. The risk manager would also be tasked with the health, property and liability insurance, he said.

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