Last updated: March 07. 2014 7:57PM - 702 Views
By William Laney wlaney@civitasmedia.com

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OTTAWA — The work of Putnam County employees and the diligence of the Putnam County commissioners paid off for the county.

In 2012, the county joined Group Retrospective Rating program, which provides financial rewards for counties who promote a safe workplace and manage their workers’ compensation claims, through the County Commissioners Association of Ohio. On Feb. 28, Putnam County commissioners learned the county will receive a $54,970.37 rebate in April from the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation.

“Education and prevention are the key factors in our success,” Commissioner John Love said. “We have very good employees working for the county, and we make every effort to keep them safe and productive. They are the reason for our success.”

Commissioner Vincent Schroeder noted this achievement impacted the county’s budget.

“We have realized better outcomes for injured workers, and this in turn has resulted in cost savings for the county,” Schroeder said. “Joining the program came with some risks. This could have led to additional assessments against the county, if our outcomes were not good.”

The Group Retrospective Rating Program, which now serves 33 counties, began in 2010.

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