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2016 – A Look Back

The beginning of a new year presents an opportunity to reflect on the year that has just ended. For CVMIC, 2016 was good year. Here are some highlights: Fitchburg will become our 48th member in March, 2017. Municipal Property Insurance Company of Wisconsin (MPIC), a collaborative effort with the League of Wisconsin Municipalities and Wisconsin
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NEOGOV – News from the Conference

In October, I was fortunate to attend Neogov’s Annual Training Conference.  Following are some noteworthy product enhancements that are coming, as well as some additional news! City Tours Neogov is conducting several “City Tours” in 2017 and will be coming to Milwaukee in May, 2017.  The City tours are a way for Neogov to get
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The indemnity costs of worker’s compensation claims amongst the CVMIC membership are 23% lower than that state average, based on State of Wisconsin statistics between 2009 and 2012.   Indemnity benefits are payments made directly to injured workers for lost wages, permanent disabilities or lost earning capacity.  This statistic shows that CVMIC municipalities do a much
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Body Harnesses: Will It Catch You if You Fall?

If a body harness fails when a municipal worker is experiencing a fall, the end result could be catastrophic. A full body harness is a key component of keeping a worker safe, but even if an employee is wearing a harness, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it will save his or her life. Harness inspections
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Grant Program Submissions Due September 1st

Purpose The CVMIC Risk Reduction Grant Program is designed to offer our membership a method for obtaining equipment, services and training materials to assist them with the reduction of injuries and loss potential. Target areas for risk reduction include workers compensation, general liability, employment practices liability and auto liability, but additional areas of liability may
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Ticks

As summer begins, everyone is eager to get outside to enjoy the warm weather and sunshine. When enjoying various outdoor activities, it’s important to remember that we share that space with many different animals and insects, including ticks. Ticks can infect humans with bacteria, viruses and parasites that can cause serious illness. Wisconsinites are exposed
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Recently I wrote a JAN Consultants’ Corner about addressing requests for ergonomic chairs. After we started getting questions from employers about how to handle multiple requests for adjustable height workstations, I decided to write an article addressing this issue as well. Ergonomics in the workplace is not a novel concept. It can be beneficial for
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The Changing Face of CVMIC

As many of you know, Mike DeMoss is retiring on November 1st. Mike has been the Executive Director since May 1988 and is CVMIC’s longest-serving employee.  However, the reality is that Mike’s retirement is just the first of several that will see top-level employees leave the organization. Such change is inevitable in any organization, but
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Work Zone Traffic Safety – Worker Protection

As we head into warmer weather, roadway construction season will be in full force.  It seems like everywhere you drive today there are orange construction signs and construction barrels.  Workers struck by vehicles or mobile equipment account for the highest number of fatal work injuries, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  Workers such as
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Brookfield Dismissed from Lawsuit

The City of Brookfield was recently granted a Motion for Summary Judgment in a lawsuit in which the City had been sued as a result of a death at their aquatic center in Wirth Park. This lawsuit was filed as a result of an incident that occurred on July 3, 2012. This incident involved a
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