Simsbury Department of Public Works Excellence in Risk Management Award

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Public Works Risk Management Award

On January 26th, the Connecticut Interlocal Risk Management Agency (CIRMA) presented the Town of Simsbury’s Department of Public Works with its 2018 Excellence in Risk Management Award, including a $2,500 Excellence in Risk Management Grant, in the category of New & Innovative Risk Management Initiatives. The department is recognized for creating new approaches that reduced losses in the workplace to a record low $19,000 for the past five years while maintaining productivity.

Simsbury’s Department of Public Works has placed a high value on safety in the workplace, continually striving to maintain a culture of safety and risk management throughout their department. All division heads are involved in planning on-going training for employees, management of daily workflows that support the safety of staff and residents, and the development and implementation of innovative equipment, policies, and procedures that go well beyond industry standards. As a result of their efforts, all department employees are engaged in safe work practices, injuries have been reduced, and the department’s claim severity has been maintained at a CIRMA record low since 2011-12.

David Demchak, President and CEO of CIRMA, said, “The Simsbury Public Works Department had a goal – to provide a safe workplace and reduce work-related injuries. They implemented innovative and creative initiatives, which resulted in doing just that.”

About CIRMA: CIRMA is Connecticut's market leader for municipal insurance and risk management services. As a member-owned organization, CIRMA operates two risk pools, the Workers' Compensation and the Liability-Auto-Property pool, and provides third-party claims administration and risk management services to self-insured municipalities. CIRMA’s membership includes over 85% of the state’s municipalities, and has over $97 Million in Written Premiums and over $365 Million in Assets.

CIRMA’s Excellence in Risk Management Award program honors the achievements of those CIRMA members who have demonstrated outstanding risk management leadership and generated significant impact through reduced costs, increased safety, and improved services to their communities. Their innovative problem solving, excellence in management, and success in creating organizational change deserve the highest recognition.

For more information about CIRMA’s Excellence in Risk Management Award Program, please contact George Tammaro, CIRMA Risk Management Services Manager, at or visit our website at