Ankeny, IA Earns Best Practices Award for Safety Program

ARTICLE | Dec 9, 2011

Ankeny Mayor Steven Van Oort accepted a Best Practices Award and a $2,000 check from the Iowa Municipalities Workers’ Compensation Association (IMWCA) during a special ceremony last night. The award recognizes the City of Ankeny’s successful implementation of rigorous safety standards that not only help contain workers’ compensation costs but ultimately benefit its overall operations.

“The city of Ankeny is doing an extraordinary job in developing an organizational culture focused on employee safety,” said Ed Morrison, IMWCA loss control representative. “This type of success would not be possible without city management’s commitment to its employees. Ankeny should be commended.” 

Tim Kirgan, IMWCA marketing manager, announced that Ankeny’s safety standards have resulted in insurance premium savings of over $250,000 annually due to its safety record; something unheard of for municipalities the size of Ankeny he stated. 

This is the third consecutive year Ankeny has received the Best Practices Award from IMWCA. The City’s safety committee meets quarterly to review and update existing safety policies and offers monthly safety training to city employees.

About Ankeny 

Ankeny, Iowa is bringing it all together. As the fastest growing city in Iowa and one of the fastest-growing cities in the Midwest, Ankeny has a current population of over 45,000. Incorporated in 1903, the city is located just north of Des Moines, Iowa's capital city. Ankeny was named one of the Top 100 Places to Live by Money Magazine, designated a Playful City USA community by the KaBOOM! five consecutive years and Family Circle Magazine's Top 10 Best Towns for Families. Ankeny offers an enviable quality of life with pedestrian friendly neighborhoods, numerous recreational and cultural amenities, access to higher learning and an active and engaged citizenry. 

About Iowa Municipalities Compensation Association 

The Iowa Municipalities Workers' Compensation Association (IMWCA) is a self-funded risk sharing pool that provides workers' compensation coverage to local governments including cities, counties, political subdivisions and entities formed by intergovernmental agreements. IMWCA is committed to providing a competitive workers' compensation program through administrative, loss control and technical services. Currently, IMWCA covers more than 49,000 employees for nearly 500 members. www.imwca.org.   

Contact Deb Dyar at 515.965.6414 or ddyar@ankenyiowa.gov for more information. 

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