Mustang Public Schools changed workers comp insurance providers in 2016 and selected The Zenith Insurance. The new contract and additional negotiation reduced the total premium for Mustang Schools by $326,502 compared to the previous year. The relationship is also netting the district new ladders for every hallway.
Representatives of The Zenith Insurance made an appearance at Monday’s Board of Education meeting to present the district with a check for $2000 to purchase ladders for every school. The company follows trends in work related injuries and believes having accessible ladders for every hallway will cut down on workplace injuries.
Steve Allen, president of Commercial Risk Group, an independent agent working with The Zenith Insurance, said the company noticed a trend at the beginning of every school year.
“In school districts we see a lot of falling and sprains because there isn’t a ladder easily accessible to teachers,” he said. “They’ll just use their chair or hop on a table and we see a lot of incidents happen that way.”
Allen said the goal is to put a ladder in every hallway at every school across the district. Allen and Andrew McDaniel, a safety and health consultant with Zenith, both praised Alan Green, chief operating officer for Mustang Public Schools, for his work in improving the safety and health in the district.
“He’s very open minded about it,” Allen said. “He’s always looking for ways to provide a safer working environment. He sees the value of it and you can tell he takes it personally. It’s a true caring for the district.”
The ladders will be in place in the fall.