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City of Albany Receives Workplace Safety Award

The City of Albany received an award for workplace safety at the League of Oregon Cities annual conference in Portland in late September.

Albany received the bronze-level safety award, which is based on the number of time-loss injuries and their duration as compared to the number of hours worked in a year.

CIS (CityCounty Insurance Services) presented the award in recognition of Albany’s good employee safety record during the 2016-17 fiscal year. The annual CIS/LOC award is more than 30 years old and rewards cities with the fewest number of work days lost to on-the-job injuries. It showcases employee safety, focusing on training, a proven track record in avoiding injuries, and management commitment to a safe work environment.

Albany was one of five winners in the group of Oregon cities with 400 or more employees. The City of Eugene earned a gold award in that group; Hillsboro and Springfield won the silver award; and Gresham won a bronze. Gold indicates no time-loss injuries. For silver and bronze, a city must amass at least 55,000 total work hours before time-loss injury occurs.

“At CIS, we’ve redoubled our focus on keeping safety front and center for our workers’ compensation program members,” said Lynn McNamara, CIS executive director. “Our winners are cities that adopt safe work practices and make sure those practices are followed, day in and day out. Their commitment and vigilance produces results: employees stay on the job and costs stay down.”