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Risk Manager/Safety & Claims Coordinator

Company: Grays Harbor County
Location: Montesano
Posted on: March 12, 2023

Job Description:

The employee in this position provides responsible and professional direction to the County's risk management program to minimize, control and prevent loss producing events that impact the operations of the County. -Objectives are to minimize exposures to financial losses, protect physical assets, reduce the frequency and severity of accidents, provide a reasonably safe environment for employees and the public, and minimize interruptions of services provided to the public. -Reports to the Human Resources Director.First review of applications will be on February 13, 2023. -

Plans, coordinates and manages the operations and activities of the County's risk management, safety and safety training, workers' compensation, loss control and prevention, and claims management. -Loss Prevention: -Identify major areas of risk, analyze and evaluate alternative methods for eliminating, avoiding or transferring the risk consistent with current economic and insurance market conditions. Develop safety policies and standards. Recommends preventative measures and inspect facilities for safety engineering. Consults with and advise departments concerning regulations in the following areas: - Washington Industrial Safety & Health Act (WISHA), Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA), Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), National Institute of Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH), and Centers for Disease Control (CDC). -Loss Prevention Education & Training: -Develop safety training curriculum, research and recommend appropriate training materials and methods. Conduct general county-wide and topic specific training including, but not limited to the following programs: - Bloodborne Pathogens, First Aid/CPR, Defensive Driving, Hazard Communications, Safety Orientation, Flagging and Heat Stress. -Occupational Health: -Provide industrial hygiene and ergonomic surveys of work areas, equipment, tools, and procedures, research and recommend appropriate equipment, furniture, tools, and work methods; to eliminate or reduce exposure to personal injury in the workplace; ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations. -Worker's Compensation Program: - Assists in the activities of the workers' compensation program to ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations, including case evaluation and administration; coordinate with Department Heads, Elected Officials, Managers, Supervisors, County staff, attorneys, investigators, insurance companies, vocational resources, medical providers, other government agencies and parties of interest. Review workplace procedures and processes. Develop policies and procedures for safety improvement and prevention of workplace injuries. -Insurance Programs: -Participate in and coordinate the activities of the County's public liability, crime, cyber & terrorism, property, underground storage tank and accidental medical insurance programs. Research and prepare recommendations for the purchase of insurance or retention of risk through appropriate reserve levels. Prepare applications for insurance; coordinate the County's insurance program with the Washington Counties Risk Pool and other insurance carriers. -Claims Management: -Administers and oversees worker's compensation claims, investigates employee injury accidents, represents the County at Board of Industrial Appeals proceedings, and coordinates with Departments regarding return to work and light duty programs for employees. Analyze County activities to eliminate, reduce, transfer or otherwise control loss to County property and assets or injury to County personnel. Acts as County Claims Administrator. Investigate accidents, incidents, and allegations in claims and lawsuits alleging losses resulting from County liability or activities. Inspect, analyze and evaluate damages resulting from losses, develop estimates of losses and determine responsibility or fault. Negotiate and settle claims in accordance with County policies. Provide recommendations to the Claims Review Committee and Board of County Commissioners as needed. Participate in arbitrations and mediations as required. Coordinate claims management activities with the Prosecutor's Office, meets with the Civil Prosecuting Attorney to develop litigation strategies, claimants, attorneys, investigators, insurance companies, other governmental agencies, Department Heads, Elected Officials, County staff, the Washington Counties Risk Pool and other parties of interest, as required. -Acts as County Safety Officer; develops training procedures, policies, and directives; oversees compliance with regulations/standards. - Acting secretary for the General Safety Committee. -Maintains agenda, and coordinates monthly meetings. -Attends the monthly Field Safety meeting.Performs required ADA/504 inspections with the HR Manager.Provides input to the preparation of the division budget, monitors expenditures, etc.Prepares reports and analyses on operations, activities, liabilities, etc.Attends and participates in a variety of meetings regarding risk management matters.Maintains the asset management platform in the Washington Counties Risk Pool program (AMP). -Make additions/changes to the inventory of buildings, property in the open, vehicles and equipment. -File property claims with WCRP if county properties are damaged.Review insurance and indemnification language in all county contracts.Maintain records by following the SOS record retention (CORE) schedule. -Participate in the annual Underwriting Survey and Loss Control Visit with the Washington Counties Risk Pool. -Annually inspect the GHC Fairgrounds prior to fair.Review all Police Traffic Collision Reports (PTCR), provided by the Sheriff's Department, to determine any county property damage. -File claims with insurance company, request restitution through Prosecutor's Office or bill driver directly for any damages. -Supply a copy of all PTCRs to Engineering Department.On call 24/7 (with dispatch and/or Deputies) for any accident occurring on county roads that require a Risk Investigator. -Maintain the Risk Investigator Program.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:Knowledge of the local, state, and federal rules and regulations pertaining to risk management.Knowledge of the principles, practices and techniques of claims management and risk management.Skilled in using computers and related software applications for record keeping and reporting.Skilled in conducting detail-oriented research.Skilled in establishing and maintaining effective working relations with staff, County departments and officials, court personnel, outside agencies and the general public. -Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.Ability to interpret and explain county policies and procedures to guide staff in accomplishing activities.Ability to maintain a working relationship with qualified specialists, legal personnel, and Washington Counties Risk Pool (WCRP) representatives.Education, Experience & Training: (Required)Bachelor's degree in public administration, business management, risk management or closely related field -Five (5) years of risk management experience, including experience with insurance, claims and risk control. - -Training (Required within 12 months of appointment)Successful completion of the Washington Counties Risk Pool in-person Risk Manager training for Risk Managers or the WCRP's Claims Administrator training for Claims Administrators. -Training (Required within 2 years of appointment)Successful completion of The Institutes on-line training program, Introduction to Risk Management and Insurance, orCompletions of Associate in General Insurance (ANSI 21) from The Institutes.Successful completion of the PRIMA Institute Risk Management program within one year. -Education and Experience: (Preferred)Certification as an Associates in Risk Management (ARM) issued by the Insurance Institute of America or capable of obtaining such certification. -Experience working with the applicable RCW's and WAC's.Prior public entity experience.Certificates, Licenses & Registrations: -A valid Washington State Driver's license and acceptable driving record.Ability to obtain and maintain First Aid, CPR, and Defensive Driving certifications.Background Check: Must have an acceptable background record.

Keywords: Grays Harbor County, Tacoma , Risk Manager/Safety & Claims Coordinator, Executive , Montesano, Washington

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