Risk management symposium set for June 29

Pinnacol Assurance has scheduled a risk management symposium in Grand Junction as part of efforts to help businesses keep their employees safe and avoid workplace safety enforcement fines.

The symposium is set for for June 29. Courses will cover such topics as basic safety management, claims management, fall protection, fraud and worksite wellness programs.

The symposium follows a new workplace safety enforcement offensive by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), said Jim McMillen, director of safety services for Pinnacol.

“One of our goals at Pinnacol is to help Colorado businesses be ready to ensure workplace safety compliance with agencies like OSHA,” McMillen said. “We anticipate businesses will come to our symposiums with safety issues and we’ll be there to provide knowledge and tools to help solve them.”

Serious penalties for workplace safety violations are on the rise, increasing from an average of $1,053 in 2009 to $2,005 in 2010. Cases resulting in fines of more than $100,000 have increased 27 percent over the last year.

In addition to the risk management symposiums, Pinnacol policyholders enjoy access to loss prevention experts, nurse case managers, a fraud investigation unit and a wide range of downloadable workplace safety tools.

Pinnacol Assurance provides worker’ compensation insurance and other services to about 55,000 businesses in Colorado. For more information, visit www.pinnacol.com.