City of Lawrenceburg Safety Director Receives Excellence in Risk Management Award

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. ― City of Lawrenceburg Safety Director Tina Sowell received an Excellence in Risk Management Award at The Pool’s third annual Risk & Insurance Symposium, held Aug. 22 – 24 in Franklin, Tennessee.

The Tennessee Municipal League Risk Management Pool, more commonly known as The Pool, is the state’s leader in providing insurance and risk management services for municipalities and public entities.

“The Excellence in Risk Management Award honors Pool members who have demonstrated excellence, innovation, creativity and commitment to providing quality safety and risk management programs within their entities,” says Dawn Crawford, president and CEO of The Pool. “We are pleased to recognize these members who go above and beyond to improve the safety of their workplaces and communities.”

Current Pool members who have completed a program to increase safety, reduce liability exposure, or protect and preserve property are eligible for the Excellence in Risk Management Award.

As safety director for the City of Lawrenceburg, Sowell has grown the city’s safety and risk management program. She conducts regular property and building inspections, makes loss control recommendations to directors, leads quarterly incident/accident review meetings, works to determine the root causes of accidents, and reviews all “near misses.” She also conducts monthly safety meetings with department heads and the city administrator, serves as the liaison between citizens and the city regarding safety concerns, serves as the city’s Americans with Disabilities Act coordinator, and is a certified playground safety inspector. In addition, Sowell oversees regular employee training for health, safety and accident prevention, and coordinates the city’s Drug-Free Workplace Program. She has accomplished all this while also serving as the administrative assistant to the public works director.

“Tina Sowell has worked tirelessly as our safety director to improve the safety environment and working conditions of all of our city employees,” said Doug Edwards, human resources director and benefits administrator for the City of Lawrenceburg. “Our expenses have steadily decreased each year as a result of her efforts. Tina has also implemented online safety training for all city employees, moved us closer to complete ADA compliance, achieved every possible OSHA certification, and taken all training opportunities to stay on the cutting edge of today’s municipal work safety concerns. Our city employees and taxpayers have all benefited from her shared knowledge.”

ABOUT THE POOL

The Pool is a nonprofit insurance cooperative in Tennessee that provides a broad range of insurance and risk management services for more than 90 percent of the state’s municipalities and local public agencies. With approximately 500 local government entities that participate in this voluntary, risk-sharing partnership, The Pool continuously works to enhance relationships with members to better serve their risk management and coverage needs.

The mission of The Pool is to passionately provide the very best in risk management products and services, expert claims administration and comprehensive insurance options with absolute integrity. With more than 35 years of experience in representing Tennessee municipal governments, The Pool is Tennessee’s leader in risk management services. For more information, visit www.thepool-tn.org or call 800-624-9698.

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