MEMIC Awards Highlight Safety Excellence, Injury Management, Workforce Partnership
(Portland, ME) – The MEMIC Group, workers’ compensation insurance specialists, has announced its 10 recipients of The MEMIC Awards for 2021. The recognition honors those who demonstrate best practices in workforce safety, injury management, and workforce partnership.
Nominated by MEMIC loss control staff, the six recipients of The MEMIC Award for Excellence in Safety are considered the best among more than 20,000 MEMIC policyholders at making workforce safety a vital part of their culture, and demonstrating ongoing education and employee involvement to prevent on-the-job injuries and increase labor productivity.
The 2021 recipients of The MEMIC Award for Excellence in Safety are:
- MyUS.com, of Sarasota, Fla.
- Bean Maine Lobster Inc., of Rockland, Maine
- Jamison Door Company, of Hagerstown, Md.
- Martin’s Point Health Care Inc., of Portland, Maine
- Regional School District 10, of Burlington, Conn.
- TNT Road Company Inc., of Fort Kent, Maine
Nominated by MEMIC claims specialists, the four winners of The MEMIC Award for Excellence in Injury Management are considered the best employers insured by MEMIC when it comes to caring for injured workers. Criteria include timely reporting of injuries, securing appropriate care, a strong return-to-work culture and collaboration with MEMIC to mitigate risks to avoid further injuries.
- Intrepid Powerboats, of Largo, Fla.
- Kennebec Lumber Company, of Solon, Maine
- Bedford Village Inn & Grand Hotel, of Bedford, N.H.
- Maine Veterans Homes, of Augusta, Maine
The MEMIC Group annually reviews the work of policyholders to recognize distinction in workforce safety practices. Participation in safety workshops, on-site training, pre-project safety planning, ergonomic assessments, and material handling practices are just part of the foundation of award consideration.
“These companies have instilled a culture of safety that is an example for all our policyholders, and for the industries in which they operate,” said The MEMIC Group President and CEO Michael P. Bourque. “We’re proud to partner with all our policyholders to make them consistently safer and more productive places to work, and we will continue to deeply collaborate with our policyholders on a team approach to increasing worker safety.”
The MEMIC Award for Workforce Partnership goes to Ed McKersie, president of ProSearch, Inc., a staffing and recruiting business he founded in Portland, Maine, in 1989.
Sensing the need for greater numbers of qualified workers, McKersie and others launched JobsInME.com in 1999, helping create a deeper pipeline of applicants for employers particularly in finance and information technology. He also brought to Maine the annual employer rating competition Best Places to Work, a self-evaluation program that helps employers gain insights from their employees to measurably improve performance as well as workplace appeal.
More recently, McKersie launched Live and Work in Maine, a non-profit organization committed to attracting skilled workers to the state as well as re-patriating those who have left the state for college or other opportunities.
Bourque called McKersie “outwardly focused, a talented mentor, a collaborative leader, and a cheerleader for Maine’s economic success. It’s particularly fitting that Ed be the first recipient for this honor.”
The MEMIC Awards were first established in 1994 to celebrate what are considered best practices in protecting workers from injury.
The MEMIC Group includes MEMIC Indemnity Company, MEMIC Casualty Company, and parent company Maine Employers’ Mutual Insurance Company; all rated “A” (Excellent) by A.M. Best. The MEMIC Group holds licenses to write workers’ compensation across the entire country. The group insures and serves more than 20,000 employers and their estimated 300,000 employees with dedicated safety and injury management service teams from Maine to Florida.