The Indiana Public Employers’ Plan, Inc. (IPEP) recently announced the City of Union City, Indiana as a recipient of its 2020 safety grant award. The formation of IPEP dates to 1989 when many public employers needed to find affordable workers’ compensation coverage. The concept of public entities joining together to solve their risk financing needs gained momentum when they found it increasingly difficult to secure needed coverage and quality services from the commercial insurance market. By the end of 1990, 33 members joined together to form the nonprofit, self-funded workers’ compensation risk sharing program that became known as Indiana Public Employers’ Plan. After nearly 30 years of operation, IPEP has grown to provide workers’ compensation claims administration for more than 700 public entities including cities, towns, counties and schools. Today, IPEP covers well over $1 Billion in public worker wages.
Safety is an important part of the IPEP program. The organization’s number one goal is the protection of their members in the workplace. Safety grants provided by IPEP fortify the organization’s commitment to worker safety.
IPEP proudly partnered with City Manager Monte Poling, and Mike Gilbert of ONI Risk Partners, to aid the city in promoting a safe work environment and help to stretch their risk management resources. IPEP awarded the city $5000. The money will be used to purchase tactical vests for Union City, Indiana Police Officers.
On hand to accept the check were Police Chief Cobie Wells, Assistant Police Chief Bill Bradbury, and Police Sergeant Logan Shoemaker. “We are excited about this opportunity to improve the safety of our Officers,” stated Chief Wells. “Unfortunately, we’ve had two shootings in the city within the last year,” he continues, “We are grateful that a small town like Union City has been awarded this grant. It will go a long way towards keeping our officers safe as they strive to protect and serve our community.”