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The City of Madisonville has been named one of fourteen Kentucky organizations recognized for their commitment and success in maintaining a safe workplace and will receive the KEMI Destiny Award.

The Destiny Awards are presented annually by Kentucky Employers’ Mutual Insurance (KEMI) to policyholders that best exemplify KEMI’s motto, “Control your own destiny.” The awards symbolize what can be accomplished when organizations work together to improve workplace safety. 

Madisonville is one of two municipalities to have ever won the KEMI Destiny Award. “As Chairman of the Safety Committee for the City of Madisonville, I would like to emphasize that safety of the upmost importance,” said Superintendent of Public Works Department Robert Janes. “Individuals from each department gather at City Hall on a monthly basis for regularly scheduled safety meetings. Those individuals then take what is discussed in the meetings back to their department to implement. We’re always striving to improve safety throughout the city, our employees are important to us and we want them to go home the same as they arrived,” said Janes. 

“We are very proud to receive this award for the second consecutive year, and I appreciate all of the efforts by the Safety Committee, Department Heads, and the City of Madisonville employees that work hard to ensure that we have a safe workplace,” said Mayor David Jackson. “This award recognizes the tremendous savings in operating a safe workplace not only in terms of the human factor, but also economically by saving thousands of dollars each year on insurance premiums,” stated Jackson. 

Policyholders who earn the KEMI Destiny Award effectively demonstrate to KEMI their ability to manage a formal safety program, provide on-site training and regular safety meetings for employees, and display an ongoing commitment to safety from all levels throughout their organizations. 

“Our goal is for every employee to go home at the end of each work day in exactly the same condition as they came to work,” said Lynn Whitledge, City Nurse and Risk Manager. “We proactively train and educate our employees and provide work site safety visits on a regular basis. In the fall of each year, we provide an in-depth safety check-up through in-house evaluations or by scheduling Eli Roberts, KEMI Safety Consultant, to provide a mock OSHA visit. We care about our employees, individually and collectively, and they know it.” 

The City of Madisonville was presented with the KEMI Destiny Award on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at 11:15 AM CST in the City Council Chambers at City Hall. 

“The 2017 Destiny Award winners embrace a commitment to safety that demonstrates how much they care for the health and well-being of their employees,” said Jon Stewart, President and CEO of KEMI. “Safe workplaces don’t happen by accident. The organizations who earned this honor understand the value of investing in safety and partnering with KEMI to control their workers’ compensation costs, but at the end of the day what matters most is sending each employee home safely to their loved ones.”

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