WARNER ROBINS -- The Warner Robins City Council’s Insurance Committee has unanimously agreed to hire a company for $45,000 on the promise it could cut average workers’ compensation claims by about $131,000 a year.
Some of the anticipating savings would come by having risk-assessment staff recommend ways to cut the number of accidents, said Kirby Ingram, area vice president for Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services Inc. Work also includes trying to close out old claims to reduce future insurance costs, and trying to shop around the workers’ compensation insurance to more carriers.
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 city’s Public Works Department had workers’ 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 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.
The committee had no discussion about a forecast that the city’s health insurance costs would increase by about $500,000 in the next year.
The city has a rich benefits package and makes employees pay about 5.3 percent of the insurance plan’s cost, said Scott Parker, area senior vice president for Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.
Parker said the city should consider changing some things, such as deductibles and out-of-pocket costs, to save money. He recommended against drastic changes.
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