Community Relations in the Post-Ferguson World

Communities rely on police departments to ‘protect and serve’ and the police, in turn, rely on community support and cooperation – but the relationship is not always harmonious. Police/resident tensions, heightened by cultural differences and media attention, have led to distrust and anger in both urban and local municipalities alike. Through community-wide dialogues, police and […]

Is Psych a 4-Letter Word in Workers’ Compensation?

At the 2016 PRIMA Annual Conference, Dr Michael Lacroix, Director of Behavioral Health Services with Coventry Workers’ Comp Services, presented a session examining questions on the presence, role and the impact of psychological factors on the susceptibility to, the reaction to and the recovery from workers’ compensation injuries. Back in 1977 a study published by […]

PRIMA 2016 Annual Conference

Conference Chronicles will be blogging from sessions at PRIMA’s 2016 Annual Conference on June 5-8, 2016, in Atlanta, GA. The PRIMA 2016 Annual Conference will offer more than 55 educational opportunities covering the latest trends and topics affecting public risk management today, including risk control and safety, risk financing, schools, enterprise risk management and employee […]

Is Your Mobile Workforce Driving Up Your Exposure?

This session at PRIMA 2015 addressed the various risks related to having a mobile workforce and explored strategies for accident prevention. Speakers included Michael Fann, ARM-P, TML Risk Management Pool; Matt McDonough, CSP, Safety National. Due to technological advancements, the workforce is now more mobile than ever, but these devices can be distractions and can […]

Social Media and the Workplace

This session at PRIMA 2015 examined three areas of social media use that may expose government entities to risk, including personal use of social media,  personnel decisions and employment references. The speakers included Matthew Fagiana, CSC, PSS, Lenoir City of Utilities Board and Sonya Guggemos, Minnesota Counties Intergovernmental Trust. Social media and the workplace, is […]

Civil Unrest: Is Your Entity Ready?

Acts of civil unrest are occurring everywhere and, whether or not these acts take form in strikes, protests or riots, public entities need to be prepared. This session at PRIMA’s 2015 Annual Conference discussed lessons learned from past civil unrest events and ways to treat or reduce the impacts that civil unrest might have on […]

Building Value in Risk Management

This session at PRIMA 2015 addressed how to build value in your risk management program, which can result in effective and self-sustaining results in building a strong risk culture and support for your risk management program. The speakers included Jack Flindt, Pinal County and Dean Coughenour, ARM, City of Flagstaff. What is one word used […]

Safety Committee Effectiveness

At the 2015 PRIMA Conference, this session addressed how to establish safety committees and explored the lessons learned to ensure committees are effective. The speakers included Sarah Perry, ARM-P, City of Columbia and Oscar Goedecke, CSP, Travelers Insurance. The purpose of a safety committee is to protect employees, the public and the environment. The safety committee […]

Fleet Risk Management: More Than Vehicle Inspections

This session at PRIMA’s 2015 Annual Conference highlighted national auto claim trends and provided insights for reducing auto liabilities. The session was led by Kenny Smith, CSP, Risk Control Manager at OneBeacon Government Risks. Since nearly every public entity owns automobiles – whether they are police or emergency response vehicles, buses or passenger vehicles – […]

Risks of Scholastic Club Activities

At the 2015 PRIMA Annual Conference, Charles Gfeller from the firm Seiger Gfeller Laurie LLP and Mike Otworth from Genesis Management & Insurance Services Corp presented a session titled “Managing the Risks of Scholastic Club Sports”. The focus on this presentation was the case law surrounding the issue of the duty to supervise students engaged […]

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