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Schaumburg, Ill. (Oct. 3, 2016) Assurance is pleased to recognize Painters USA as a Minimizing Risk, Maximizing Health (MRMH) Award recipient. Painters USA, a leading Midwest commercial and industrial painting company, has been a client of Assurance the past five years.

The MRMH Award is open to all Assurance clients that work alongside the Top 50 U.S. insurance brokerage to achieve quantifiable results in minimizing workplace risk and maximizing the health and wellbeing of employees. Clients must meet certain criteria to qualify, including a large quantifiable reduction or improvement in a variety of key areas. 

In 2011, Painters USA – a leading Midwest commercial and industrial painting company – experienced several serious workers’ compensation claims, including one very severe injury. Like many companies, Painters USA had dotted the I’s and crossed the T’s when it came to safety requirements and laws. However, the safety manual was sitting up on the shelf; safety was not as deeply ingrained within the company culture. As a result, their Experience Modification Rating (EMR) rose well above 1.0 greatly impacting the company’s ability to bid on work for certain high profile clients.

Partnering with Assurance, Painters USA quickly put procedures in place that made employee safety number one and established long-term goals for improving EMR and controlling workers’ compensation costs. Some of those initiatives included:

  • Hiring a full-time Director of Training
  • Promoting a superintendent to the role of Director of Safety
  • Updating safety policies
  • Hiring an independent third party to perform unannounced safety audits
  • Conducting worksite hazard evaluations
  • Continuing its successful apprenticeship training program

Since partnering with Assurance, Painters USA has saved nearly $250,000 in workers’ compensation costs and achieved a 47% reduction in their EMR, putting the organization well below 1.0. Best of all, the organization has a renewed sense of safety and greater peace of mind when bidding on projects.

“We’re proud to partner with companies like Painters USA, because we know that partnership can be extremely powerful,” said Jackie Gould, Chief Operating Officer. When we bring the tools, resources and experience to help companies manage risk and combine that with the expertise, drive and leadership of Painters USA… real magic happens.” 

Painters USA was presented the MRMH Award at their headquarters in Glendale Heights, Ill. Here is the full case study. Watch a short clip on their story here . 

About Painters USA
Painters USA provides commercial and industrial painting and coating services. They serve a diverse market including: bridges and steel structures, airports, chemical plants, churches and more. With over 40 years in the industry, Painters USA was founded by Meg Cook. Their vision is to enhance the community and lives of employees, clients and vendors one brush stroke at a time. Painters USA has two locations one in the Chicago region and one in Texas. The company headquarters is in Glendale Heights, IL and can be reached at www.paintersusainc.com.

About Assurance
Assurance is among the largest and most awarded independent insurance brokerages in the U.S. A “Top 50” broker and repeated national “Best Place to Work” winner, Assurance creates value by minimizing risk and maximizing health for 6,000 businesses and individuals across the country. The company is headquartered in Schaumburg, IL with centralized office locations in Chicago, IL and St. Louis, MO. Visit Assurance at www.assuranceagency.com.