Carter County receives grant to help employee safety

Published 5:38 pm Monday, April 12, 2021

Carter County has received an employee safety grant from Tennessee Risk Management Trust.

Carter County received $2,626 from TNRMT as part of this year’s competitive grant process.

This marks the fourth consecutive year Carter County has received an employee safety grant from Tennessee Risk Management Trust, which is a member-owned Trust founded in 1987 to provide insurance and liability services to public entities.

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“This is the fourth year we have given these grants and Carter County has received one every year we have done it,” said Jason Baggett, a loss control specialist with TNRMT. “We are proud to work with Carter County to improve employee safety.”

When TNRMT first launched its employee safety grant program, the organization awarded $60,000 in grants to member organizations. Each year the program has grown, and Baggett said this year’s grant allocations totaled around $260,000.

“Jason and Tennessee Risk Management Trust have been great to work with and we appreciate all they do for our county employees,” said Elizabethton/Carter County Emergency Management Agency Director Billy Harrell.

Harrell said the grant funds will be used to purchase an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) unit for the Emergency Operations Center and mobile-first aid kits which will be placed in the work vehicles used by the Carter County Highway Department.

“Providing a safe working environment for our employees is one of our top priorities,” said Carter County Mayor Patty Woodby. “I am pleased we have been able to partner with Tennessee Risk Management Trust in the past to improve safety and I look forward to continuing that partnership in the future.”