Searsmont receives $2,000 safety grant

Dec 06, 2012

Municipal officials announced that the town of Searsmont has received a safety enhancement grant of $2,000 awarded by the Maine Municipal Association.

The safety enhancement grant and scholarship grant programs offer financial incentives to members of the Maine Municipal Association Workers' Compensation Fund. These grants are used to purchase safety equipment or services that assist in reducing the frequency and severity of workplace injuries. Improving workplace safety for municipal employees saves taxpayers money by reducing lost hours at work, cost of insurance claims and overtime expenses for employees who might have to fill in for injured coworkers.

The Maine Municipal Association has been awarding safety grants to members of its Workers' Compensation Fund since 1999. The grant program has assisted municipalities by bestowing more than $2.5 million through funding of 2,167 safety enhancement grants and 341 scholarship grants.

Ed MacDonald, loss control manager for the Maine Municipal Association, said the program received 116 applications for this grant period and $124,862 was awarded. Grants are awarded in May and October each year.

For more information about any of the Maine Municipal Association Risk Management Service programs, including safety enhancement grants eligibility and applications, visit the website at www.memun.org and click on the Risk Management Services link or call 800-590-5583.

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