Texas Mutual Insurance Company has awarded a $100,000 grant to El Paso Community College to establish a risk management program, which will provide a free workplace safety courses for local employers, employees, and the general public.
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(L) Woody Hill, Selena N. Solis, William Serrata PhD, Belen Robles, Barry Bogle, Steve Smith receive $100,000 check to help fund the El Paso Community College Risk Management Program.
EPCC is one of five college’s statewide providing free safety courses through a Texas Mutual grant.
On Oct. 23, Texas Mutual Vice President of Safety Services Woody Hill El Paso Community College President William Serrata, Ph.D.; and El Paso Community College Board of Trustees Chair, Art Fierro, announced the $100,000 grant at a ceremony on the El Paso Community College Administrative Services Center.
“El Paso Community College appreciates the generosity and support that Texas Mutual has extended to El Paso area employers and employees,” Dr. Serrata said. “Safety education is a vital component of the workplace, and our risk management program will ensure individuals and businesses have the skills and knowledge needed to keep everyone safe on the job.”
Since 1999, Texas Mutual—the state’s leading provider of workers’ compensation insurance—has awarded a combined $4 million in safety education grants.
Four other colleges including Midland College, Odessa College, College of the Mainland in Galveston, and Del Mar College in Corpus Christi have also been awarded grants by Texas Mutual. Although those grant presentations happened earlier this year, this is the first grant to EPCC.
EPCC is launching its risk management program to provide training for increased safety awareness and to reduce work-related accidents and injuries.
“The types of injuries people are having are rolling out your shoulder, neck and lower back injuries and these were preventable, you know,” Barry Bogle, Director of Law Enforcement Training Academy at EPCC, said, “Maybe there is something we can do as far as preventing that with training. So primarily we’re going to make use of the money for the people receiving the safety training.”
The risk management committee tasked with this programming is considering a wide range of possible courses and hopes to have selected courses available by spring 2016.
“These grants, along with other Texas Mutual safety programs, exemplify the company’s ongoing commitment to workplace safety and the prevention of workplace accidents through education,” says Hill. “We recognize the value safety education provides to employers and employees—giving them tools to be successful in business—and more importantly, keeping employees safe. Because of this, workplace safety education is always a sound investment.”
Austin-based Texas Mutual Insurance Company, a policyholder-owned company, is the state’s leading provider of workers’ compensation insurance. Texas Mutual provides coverage to 40 percent of the market; that represents over 62,000 companies, many of which are small businesses.
“The College looks forward to a successful partnership with Texas Mutual and welcomes the opportunity to make our city, companies and their employees safer.” Dr. Serrata said.