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How to Save Premium Dollars

Employee Training

APEI offers many opportunities for our members to save money. One way to save is to utilize the APEI Playground Improvement Grant. In order to reduce the number and severity of playground injuries, APEI will reimburse members for half the cost, up to $10,000 for labor and materials to improve a playground surface. The grant includes the purchase and installation of appropriate unitary surfaces like shredded tires, engineered wood fiber, and rubber tiles.

For more information on APEI’s Playground Improvement Grant, check your loss control manual or contact Cole Cummins, your loss control manager, at ccummins@akpei.com.

Monday, July 1, 2013/Author: Alaska Public Entity Insurance/Number of views (2532)/Comments (0)/
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Changes to the State of Alaska First Report of Injury Forms

The State of Alaska, Division of Workers’ Compensation has made changes to their First Report of Injury Forms.

The employee and the employer will be required to fill out separate forms to first report an occupational injury or illness. Alaska Workers Compensation Board (AWCB) confirms these new forms should be used for all new injury reports starting July 22, 2013.

On the old form (Form 07-6101 Rev 08-2012) the employee and employer sections were both on the same page. The new forms are:

07-6100 -- Employees Report of Occupational Injury or Illness to the Employer

07-6101 – Employer Report of Occupational Injury or Illness to Division of Workers’ Compensation

The State also issuedan instruction sheet on the use of these forms and advises employers that items #13, 15, 16, 17 on form 6101 can be completed by APEI, anditem #14 will be populated by the AWCB upon acceptance of the claim.

APEI felt it was important to provide all members immediate awareness and access to these forms, so you can become familiar with these new requirements.

Please make sure you send both new forms to APEI for our handling.

Updates by the State of Alaska can be found at http://www.labor.state.ak.us/wc/

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Members Doing the Right Thing

Employee training is valuable for both employer and employee. Well trained employees will have confidence in their performance, leading to improved production and job satisfaction. Training also helps organizations reduce the risk of violating employment laws and OSHA regulations. APEI just held it's annual OSHA 10 Hour Seminar in Anchorage where members from all over the state came to learn how to stay in compliance with OSHA. Stay tuned for the dates of APEI's annual HR Seminar coming this fall.  
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About 15-Passenger Vans

From the Desk of the CEO, Jeff Bush

One of the things I like about my job is that new challenges are presented almost daily. Here’s an example:

Recently we received a question from a member’s broker regarding how APEI insures 15-passenger vans. In researching the broker’s question, we learned much.

We have long known that 15 passenger vans are more dangerous than other motor vehicles. Research indicates that 15 passenger vans have a 70% greater chance of rolling over when loaded with 15 people or the equivalent in people and luggage. They also have a higher rate of single vehicle accidents than any other vehicle.

However, research in response to the broker’s question revealed more. School districts should never use such vans to transport kids. Since 1974, federal law has prohibited pre-primary, primary and secondary schools from purchasing or leasing new 15-passenger vans to be used significantly to transport students unless the vans meet the federal standards for school buses. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has determined that 11-15 passenger vans do not and cannot meet many such federal standards, including rollover protection, body joint strength, and crash protection systems.

In short, schools are prohibited by federal law from leasing or purchasing new vans designed to carry more than 10 passengers (even if some seats are removed), if the school intends to use the vehicle to transport students. They are, quite simply, unsafe. “Pre-primary, primary and secondary schools should not use 15-passenger vans for transporting school children, as they do not provide the same level of safety as school buses. It is also against federal law for schools to buy new 15-passenger vans for school transportation purposes.” NHTSA Consumer Advisory, Oct. 10, 2010. Any auto dealer selling a 10+ passenger van to a school district is subject to severe penalties.

We see many vans with seating capacities above 10 on our school district auto schedules. We strongly encourage districts to look for ways to de-commission those vehicles that transport students and replace them with other types of vehicles that meet federal safety standards.

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