AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Texas Mutual Insurance Company has awarded a combined $300,000 in grants to Kilgore College, Midland College and College of the Mainland in Texas City. The grants will continue to fund free workplace safety courses for employers, employees and the general public through the colleges' risk management institutes.
Since 1999 Texas Mutual—the state's leading provider of workers' compensation insurance—has awarded a combined $2.8 million in safety education grants, and 20,000 students have attended free safety courses at the three colleges over the past 13 years.
"We are grateful for the support that Texas Mutual continues to show Kilgore College and the emphasis the company places on safety education in the workplace," said William Holda, Ph.D., president of Kilgore College. "Since the beginning of our partnership with Texas Mutual, the KC Risk Management Institute has been a valuable resource for area employees and employers. It has not only proved to be an important educational tool for participants, but has also helped to make them more competitive in today's job market."
Courses at the safety institutes include general topics, such as ergonomic safety and OSHA standards, but students may also choose to attend courses tailored to the dominant industries in the Houston, Midland and Kilgore areas.
In addition to these safety grants, Texas Mutual hosts free workers' compensation workshops across the state for local employers. The workshops include a presentation by Texas Mutual safety professionals and an opportunity for continuing education on workplace safety, workers' compensation and fraud prevention.
"These grants and workshops exemplify Texas Mutual's ongoing commitment to workplace safety and prevention of workplace accidents through education," said Bob Barnes, chairman of the Texas Mutual board of directors. "We recognize the value safety education provides to employers—giving them tools to keep their businesses, and more importantly, their employees safe. Safety education is always a sound investment."
For more information about the workshops and safety courses, visit texasmutual.com.
Texas Mutual Insurance Company
Austin-based Texas Mutual Insurance Company is the state's leading provider of workers' compensation insurance, with approximately 33 percent of the market. Since 1991, the company has provided a stable, competitively priced source of workers' comp insurance for Texas employers. Helping employers prevent workplace accidents is a major part of Texas Mutual's mission. For more information, visit www.texasmutual.com.
SOURCE Texas Mutual Insurance Company