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Jennifer Orr
Michigan Municipal League
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Michigan Municipal League Fund Announces Loss Control Achievement Awards

32 Communities Recognized for Maintaining Safe Work Environments

LANSING, Michigan – More than 30 Michigan communities have earned statewide honors for their outstanding efforts in maintaining safe work environments.

The Michigan Municipal League Workers’ Compensation Fund ( has issued its annual Loss Control Achievement Awards for 2017-2018 to the communities listed below. The certificates were mailed to 32 community winners late last week.

“These awards represent the best of the best when it comes to communities being safe places for their employees and citizens,” said Michael Forster, director of risk management services for the Michigan Municipal League. “The awards reflect excellent management and an understanding that making safety a priority clearly protects their staff, residents and budgets.”

The awards are based on a community’s Experience Modification Factor (EMF) rating, using a formula measuring the frequency and severity of employee injuries over a 3 1/2-year time period. The average EMF is 1.00. Any fund member with an EMF under 1.00 saves significant premium dollars.

“Lowest EMF” 2017-2018 Award Winners*

Village of Addison (.89)                                                    City of Coopersville (.79)
City of the Village of Douglas (.75)                                 City of Frankfort (.76)
Village of Franklin (.77)                                                    Hospice of Helping Hands (.75)
City of Ionia (.70)                                                                Village of L’Anse (.73)
City of Leslie (.79)                                                              City of Montague (.76)
City of Montrose (.88)                                                        Mundy Charter Township (.79)
Northville Charter Township (.66)                                   Village of Pinckney (.79)
City of Saline (.67)                                                              Village of Spring Lake (.79)
City of St. Clair (.71)                                                          City of Trenton (.68)
Village of Union City (.76)

*( ) = EMF           

“Most Improved EMF” 2017-2018 Award Winners*

Barry Township (-.33)                                                        Village of Elsie (-.38)
City of Farmington Hills (-.65)                                         Village of Galien (-.43)
City of Gibraltar (-.38)                                                        City of Imlay City (-.64)
Masonville Township (-.50)                                              Nankin Transit Commission (-.39)
City of Newaygo (-.55)                                                       City of Romulus (-.40)
City of Springfield (-.62)                                                    City of Walled Lake (-.75)
West Bloomfield Charter Township (-.47)                    

*( ) = percent decrease, comparing the most recent policy year (7/1/16–6/30/17) to the calculation for the current policy year (7/1/17–6/30/18)

MMLWCF Board of Trustees
Lois Allen-Richardson, Councilmember, City of Ypsilanti
George Bosanic, City Manager, Greenville
Frank Brock, Jr., Mayor, Lathrup Village
Christine Burns, Village Manager, Spring Lake
Todd Campbell, City Manager, Saline
Maureen Donker, Mayor, Midland
Deborah Doyle, Mayor, Durand
Scott Erickson, City Manager, Ironwood
Daniel P. Gilmartin, Executive Director & CEO, Michigan Municipal League
Lee Kilbourn, Mayor, Auburn
John Shay, City Manager, Ludington
Adam Smith, City Administrator, Grand Ledge
Michael Forster, Fund Administrator, Michigan Municipal League

About the MMLWCF: The Michigan Municipal League Workers' Compensation Fund started in 1977 with five members and has grown to a current participation of 902 public entities.  Assets exceed $150 million.

About the League: Michigan Municipal League is dedicated to making Michigan’s communities better by thoughtfully innovating programs, energetically connecting ideas and people, actively serving members with resources and services, and passionately inspiring positive change for Michigan’s greatest centers of potential: its communities. The League advocates on behalf of its member communities in Lansing, Washington, D.C., and the courts; provides educational opportunities for elected and appointed municipal officials; and assists municipal leaders in administering services to their communities through League programs and services. Learn more at




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