Arlington employees receive AWC Retro awards

ARLINGTON — Four city of Arlington employees were recognized by the Association of Washington Cities for their efforts to reduce risks at their workplaces.

Tim Mensonides, Brian Fritts, Jay Downey and Kurt Patterson all received Safety Academy Awards from the AWC Workers' Compensation Retrospective Rating Program, via Retro Program Manager Brian Bishop, during the Arlington City Council meeting on Monday, March 3.

"Your folks went through the academy in less than five months," Bishop told Arlington Mayor Barbara Tolbert and the Council members that evening. "I think that's the fastest of any of the cities in the AWC. I'm glad that they've graduated so early and so eager."

"It's a credit to our employees that they graduated from the academy so quickly," Tolbert agreed.

Retrospective Rating is a safety incentive program offered by the state Department of Labor and Industries, which allows participating employers to earn a partial refund of their workers' compensation premiums, if they reduce workplace injuries and lower associated claim costs.

The AWC Retro program provides its member cities with services dedicated to the safety of their employees, from loss-control services, to reduce the frequency and severity of workplace injuries, to claims management services, to reduce claims costs and bring employees safely back to work. AWC Retro also provides cities the opportunity to qualify for workers' compensation premium refunds.

Bishop explained that the city of Arlington has earned a 15 percent refund on its AWC Retro fee by meeting the bar of having four or more staff members who are academy graduates.

While Downey could not receive his certificate that night, Bishop presented Safety Academy Award certificates to Mensonides as airport coordinator, Fritts as water services specialist and Patterson as purchasing coordinator.

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