Entries by Laura Bogue

2016 financial report

A significant benefit of a self-funded workers’ compensation pool, such as KERIT, is the financial advantage to members. Unlike traditional insurance providers, a pool allows members to capture a portion of investment income Consider the plight of a city or county that does not belong to an insurance pool: the government buys coverage through a […]

Lansing receives Safety and Health award

The Kansas Department of Labor’s Industrial Safety and Health presented the city of Lansing with the Safety and Health Award for Public Employers (SHAPE). Tim Vandall, City Administrator and KERIT trustee, accepted the award, saying the Lansing “promotes a culture of safety.” See a video of his remarks here.

What’s bugging you?

Summer in the Midwest comes along with insect pests, including some that can be potentially dangerous. Here are some guidelines to help prevent mosquito and tick bites. Mosquito bite prevention We’ve heard a lot about mosquitoes and the viruses they can spread, including Zika, West Nile, chikungunya and Dengue, in the news lately. It’s important […]

How to minimize hazards while performing tree care work

For those who perform tree care work, OSHA recently released a Hazard Bulletin that focuses on hazards from falls and falling objects in the industry. The bulletin identifies the hazards that can contribute to injuries and fatalities, and describes the safety measures workers can use to stay safe.

Zeus the police dog

Zeus, a Belgian Malinois, is the newest member of the Gardner Police Department and supports the Patrol Division in narcotic detection and patrol operations. Gardner Police Officer James Anderson serves as Zeus’ handler and the pair completed a 30-day training in Texas. The team continued to train locally, obtaining national certification in narcotic detection and […]

Rigging awareness training

A rigging awareness training will be offered on May 3, 10 a.m. to 12 noon, at Sylvester Powell Jr. Community Center, 6200 Martway, Mission, Kansas. All are welcome to attend the free, two-hour seminar, but seating is limited to 80 people, so please register to reserve your spot. Registration closes Friday, April 29 at 4 p.m. […]