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2018 IAMU Safety Group Risk Management Workshop Registration

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Since 1980, the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities (IAMU), Jester Insurance Services, Inc., and EMC Insurance Companies have joined together to bring Iowa municipalities and utilities a comprehensive and competitive dividend insurance program. Expansions and improvements to the program are continuously made to meet the changing needs of Iowa's municipalities and utilities.

Click here to register for the 2018 IAMU Safety Group Risk Management Workshops taking place in October. We will be covering several very important topics at these seminars. We will also have guest speakers presenting on Cyber Security and Employment Practices Liability that you won’t want to miss! Please send questions or completed forms to lpirkl@jesterinsurance.com. You can also return the form via mail or fax to: Jester Insurance, PO Box 4779, Des Moines IA 50305; Fax: 515-243-6862. We hope to see a representative from every Safety Group member at one of the three seminars this October!

Tags:  EMC  IAMU Safety Group Insurance Program  Jester Insurance 

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Toolbox Talk - Using Mechanical Aids to Prevent Ergonomic Injuries

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, September 19, 2018

According to Liberty Mutual Insurance’s Workplace Safety Index, injuries related to pushing, pulling, holding, carrying, or throwing material cost employers $13.7 billion. Consider these additional back-related injury statistics from Liberty Mutual:

  • 1 million workers suffer back injuries each year
  • 1 out of 5 workplace injuries are back related
  • 4 out of 5 back injuries are to the lower back
  • 3 of those 4 injuries occur when lifting

Several factors increase the risk of a severe injury from lifting or handling materials. These factors are related to the differences in the load, the organization of the work, the work environment , and the worker. The load may be too heavy or too large. We may work on unstable or uneven surfaces.

The human factor also plays a role in ergonomic injuries. These factors include the lack of experience, training, familiarity with the job, and age. The risk of low-back disorders increases with age and with the number of years at work, our physical dimensions, and
capacity (such as height, weight, strength, and prior history of musculoskeletal disorders – back disorders in particular).

Conducting a risk assessment will identify hazards and individuals at risk and provide guidance on correcting those hazards. Consider the work being done, identify what may cause or increase the risk of ergonomic injuries, and whether a mechanical aid may be used to handle, carry, or stack materials.

Tags:  Ergonomics  Safety  Safety Services  Toolbox Talk 

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Fall Broadband Meeting is a Week Away

Posted By IAMU, Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Register now, if you haven’t already

 

The 5th annual Fall Broadband Meeting is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 1:45 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 26 at the IAMU Office in Ankeny. This yearly event provides an update on key broadband topics as well as ample opportunities to network and “compare notes” with your peers.

 

For more information about specific topics and to register for the event, click here.

Questions? Contact Curtis Dean at 515-650-0251 or curtis@smartsourceconsulting.com.

Tags:  Broadband  Broadband Meeting 

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Energy Conference Hotel Room Reservation Deadline is Friday, September 21

Posted By IAMU, Tuesday, September 18, 2018

If you’re planning to attend the 6th Annual Energy Conference next month, the Prairie Meadows hotel room reservation deadline, to guarantee the conference rate, is THIS Friday, Sept. 21.

  • Online Reservations are available at www.prairiemeadows.com
  •  Use Group Code - 10092018IAM for the conference rate.
  •  Conference hotel rate $110 per room, per night, plus tax. 

To call in a reservation, dial (515) 957-3000 or (800) 325-9015. Cut-off date for the IAMU rate is Friday, September 21, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

Tags:  Energy Conference  IAMU Events  Prairie Meadows 

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Registration Now Open for 24th Annual Water & Wastewater Operator's Training Workshop

Posted By IAMU, Tuesday, September 18, 2018

The 24rd Annual Water and Wastewater Operator’s Training Workshop will be held November 13 – 15, 2018, at Holiday Inn Northwest, Des Moines. To register, click here.

This yearly training is a must for any water and wastewater professionals wanting practical information to help them do their jobs. The three-day workshop includes basic and advanced topics on water treatment, water distribution, and wastewater. Attendees can earn up to 1.2 CEUs toward certification, plus get a chance to connect with other municipal water professionals from around the state as well as check out products and services from water-related vendors.

Early registration deadline is Friday, Nov. 2! Don’t wait!

Tags:  IAMU Events  Water  Water Workshop 

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