The Public Employer Risk Management Association (PERMA), New York’s largest self-insured provider of workers’ compensation for public employers, has announced the winners of the 2015 PERMA Risk Management Awards, which honor the PERMA members with the most dedicated and creative approaches to safety and wellness.

The winners are:

  • Essex County, the winner of the Ken Herman Sr. Award for improving workplace safety and wellness through exceptional participation in, and utilization of, PERMA’s programs.
  • Steuben County, the winner of the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) Pioneer Award in recognition of its transformative approaches to addressing challenges and producing a positive impact on the safety and health of employees. This award is jointly presented by PERMA and NYSAC.
  • Valhalla Union Free School District, winner of the New York State Schools Boards Association (NYSSBA) Pioneer Award for transformative approaches to addressing challenges and producing a positive impact on the safety and health of employees. This award is jointly presented by PERMA and NYSSBA.
  • Johnson City Central School District, the winner of the Most Improved Experience Modification Factor Award for the largest reduction in experience modification factor (EMF) between the 2014 and 2015 policy years. EMF is an annual adjustment to an insured entity’s premium costs based on the insured’s previous loss experience.
  • Town of Shelter Island, the winner of the Triple Threat Award for timely claim reporting, best return-to-work rate, and improved EMF.
  • Michael Coghlan, director of facilities at Horseheads Central School District, recipient of the Safety Person of the Year Award for outstanding contributions to his employer’s safety culture.

Representatives from over 100 PERMA members, as well as PERMA’s professional and vendor partners, gathered at the Sagamore Hotel and Resort in Bolton Landing, Warren County, on May 26 to honor the award winners with a dinner and ceremony.

“These six members exemplify PERMA’s mission to decrease workers’ comp claims and costs by preventing accidents in the first place through the strategic use of training and education,” said Jeff Van Dyk, executive director of PERMA . “We are continually humbled by the risk management efforts of all our members, and we strive to support their efforts every step of the way.”

In addition to the risk management award winners, representatives from 13 longtime PERMA members were on hand to accept longevity awards, including:

  • The Towns of Arietta, Kirkwood, Long Lake, Lysander and Union, the Villages of Bellerose and Lake Grove, Franklin County Solid Waste Management Authority, Hamilton County, and Vista Fire District, which were recognized for being PERMA members for 20 years.
  • Fairview and Good Will Fire Districts, and Madison County, which were recognized for being PERMA members for 15 years.

For those who were not able to attend the conference and ceremony, the 2015 Risk Management Awards video, featuring all of the winners, will be posted to PERMA’s YouTube channel in the coming weeks.