Pinnacol Assurance Announces 2012 Circle of Safety Awards Winners

Fifty Policyholders Honored For Exemplary Risk Management Records

DENVER, October 8, 2012 – Pinnacol Assurance, Colorado’s leading workers’ compensation insurer, is recognizing the recipients of the company’s fifth annual Circle of Safety Awards this month. A total of 50 policyholders from across the state were honored for their exemplary performance in safety, loss control, and financial and claims management.

“These are Colorado organizations that have embraced the concept of safe workplaces, and then made significant effort to create that kind of environment over a sustained period of time,” said Ken Ross, Pinnacol president and CEO. “Keeping employees safe and on the job is important to Pinnacol and to the state, and our Circle of Safety recipients are leading the way.”

The Circle of Safety Award recognizes that exceptional risk management is the result of a circle of many people working together. From top management and frontline employees to Pinnacol representatives and the policyholders’ agents, everyone has a hand in making Colorado workplaces safer.

Pinnacol policyholders were eligible to receive the Circle of Safety Award if they met the following criteria:

  • Pinnacol policyholder for at least four years
  • .85 or less Experience Modification Rating each policy period
  • Combined four-year loss ratio of 25 percent or less
  • 80 percent or more of all claims reported within 48 hours (combined four-year history)
  • Designated providers each year
  • Two or less notices of cancellation each year
  • No non-compliant audits
  • Must currently hold the State of Colorado’s Cost Containment Certification
  • No fatalities
  • Approved return-to-work program

Of the 2012 honorees, nine have received the Circle of Safety recognition every year since the award’s inception in 2007. Another 20 are new to the list, indicating how businesses are raising the bar in workplace safety.

Circle of Safety 2012 Award Winners
Alpha Center****
Bales Custom Gardening Services
Barone, Inc.**
Brundage Land & Cattle Company*
C5 Medical Werks, L.L.C.**
Calcon Constructors, Inc.***
Chiller Systems Service, Inc.
Colling Insurance Services, Inc.****
Colorado Insurance Professionals***
Colorado Livestock Association***
Complete Compliance Services, Inc.***
Control Design & Mfg., Inc.
Copestone General Contractors
Corridor 44, LLC*
Diversified Commercial Insurers**
Electrical Outfitters, Inc.
Englewood Municipal Federal Credit Union***
Ewing Trucking & Construction, LLC***
Fair & Square Construction, Inc.
Hester’s Log and Lumber, Inc.
Holmquist-Lorenz Construction Company**
Human Resources Plus**
Innovative Interiors & Construction*
Iron and Metals, Inc.***
Log Hill Mesa Fire Protection District
M & M Excavation Company
McClary Farms, Inc.
MechOne, Inc.****
Metropolitan Glass
Monte Vista Fire Protection District*
Mountain West Insurance and Financial Services, LLC
Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District
Peak Petroleum Testing Services, Inc.***
Premier Fire Protection, Inc.****
Ready Care Industries*
Rich & Cartmill Insurance of Colorado, LLC****
RMS Cranes
San Juan BOCES (Board of Cooperative Educational Services)
Save Our Youth****
Scudder Press, Inc.****
Sturman Industries****
The Eatery**
The Landscape Workshop, Inc.***
The Peck House*
Tri-State Insulating of Colorado, Inc.
Twin Lakes Landscape Management, Inc.****
Ute Pass Regional Ambulance District
Western Eagle County Ambulance District
Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell, LLP
Wild Mountain Smokehouse & Brewery

First-year recipient
* Second-year recipient
** Third-year recipient
*** Fourth-year recipient
**** Fifth-year recipient

About Pinnacol Assurance
Pinnacol Assurance is Colorado’s leading provider of workers’ compensation insurance. Pinnacol provides comprehensive, competitively priced coverage; immediate attention to claims; a highly qualified network of medical providers; and proactive safety programs to approximately 55,000 Colorado businesses. Since 2005, Pinnacol has returned more than $472 million in general dividends to its policyholders statewide ― a mark of the company’s stable and strong financial health.

Suzi Stolte
Associate Vice President of Communications and Public Relations